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Laws of Creation revisits the important debates that have developed within the field of intellectual property law, and enlightens them with the perspective and logical apparatus of law and economics. Definitely, this is a book that academics in the field and libraries worldwide would want to have. (Francesco Parisi, University of Minnesota Law School)

Cass and Hylton's excellent book is a substantial contribution to the literature on intellectual property, with a very nice overview of the field. Readers will be attracted to the book for its ability to convey complex material using concrete language and examples. In the highly contested area of intellectual property, Laws of Creation will be hard to ignore, even by those who are disinclined to agree with its conclusions. (Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School)

Be it the illegal downloading of music on the Internet or the sale of fake designer products on street comers, intellectual property is under attack these days. For many, intellectual property is a barrier to commerce and the sharing of ideas, a zero-sum game between the creator and the rest of the world. Cass and Hylton, authors of this cogent and readable book, disagree, arguing that the protection of intellectual property enhances social welfare and creativity. The book offers a good overview that defines what intellectual property is, explains why ideas are protected, and then provides successive chapter discussions of its four major components: patent, trade secrets, copyright, and trademark law. Each chapter explains the law and the economic justification of each type of law. The authors also discuss the challenges of protecting intellectual property in a global economy and under terms of rapidly changing technology. This is an excellent book for those wishing to understand how and why many common practices such as file swapping on the Internet threaten creativity.
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About the Author

Ronald A. Cass is Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law, and President, Cass & Associates, PC.

Keith N. Hylton is the Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674066456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674066458
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I have to read this for a seminar I'm in, but really I find it fascinating. It takes a very law and economics view of things, but its also quite thorough. As much as I want to be critical of their conclusions, it lays out a fairly rigorous argument, that invariably justifies the status quo. Certainly worth reading if you're interested in the topic.
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