Property Rights Movement and Intellectual Property, The

Intellectual Property

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Richard Epstein


Regulation, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2007-2008


This paper considers whether comparisons of intellectual property (IP) to physical property are overly simplistic.

Policy Relevance

IP rights have some of the same benefits as physical property rights, but they are also very different.

Main Points

  • A recent article by law professor Peter Menell raised objections to scholars (naming R. Epstein) who he argued equate physical and intellectual property.


  • Here, Epstein rebuts, arguing only that rights over intellectual property, while motivated by some of the same concerns as other rights, are very different in important ways. 

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