In the midst of an explosion of digital and online creativity, the concept of intellectual property (IP) is being challenged as it has never been before. It seems that even with legal protections of IP in the digital age, the reality of copying has confronted us with a need to find incentives to encourage artistic creation and scientific innovation if legal protections no longer work. If the market can do some of its own self-protecting and provide some incentives, is that enough? Or, paradoxically, is it too much?

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Commentary

For Free Trade’s Sake, Get IP Out of the TPP

By K. William Watson. Huffington Post. November 22, 2013.

How Trade Talks Spread America’s Bad Copyright Regime

By Simon Lester. National Interest (Online). September 25, 2013.

India Shows U.S. Path to Patent Standards

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Reuters. May 6, 2013.

Cato Studies

A Rational Response to the Privacy “Crisis”

By Larry Downes. Policy Analysis No. 716. January 7, 2013.

The Case against Literary (and Software) Patents

By Timothy B. Lee. TechKnowledge No. 125. August 28, 2009.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: FAIL

By Jim Harper. TechKnowledge No. 122. February 9, 2009.

Public Filings

Mayo v. Prometheus Labs

By Ilya Shapiro, Jim Harper and Timothy B. Lee. Legal Briefs. September 9, 2011.

Golan v. Holder

By Ilya Shapiro, Jim Harper and Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. June 20, 2011.

FLFMC, LLC v. Wham-O, Inc.

By Walter Olson and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. February 28, 2011.

Events

Intellectual Property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: National Interest or Corporate Handout?

Featuring K. William Watson and Simon Lester. March 5, 2014. Policy Forum.

Laws of Creation: Property Rights in the World of Ideas

Featuring Jim Harper. March 20, 2013. Book Forum.

Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess

Featuring Jim Harper. December 6, 2012. Book Forum.

Books