Richard Epstein and Real vs. Intellectual Property

Music Technology Policy

For those of you who find that you are looking for the fourth circle of hell as relief from enduring the “distinctions” between tangible property and intellectual property spewed by the EFFluviati and other fellow travelers of Professor Lester Lawrence Lessig III (affectionately known as “Trip” Lessig in these pages), you “must read” The Structural Unity of Real and Intellectual Propertyby Professor Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago and Peter and Kirsten Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

My first encounter with Richard Epstein was when I was in my first year of law school, and my reaction as a budding lawyer was similar to the reaction I had as a budding drummer (then age 7) when I first saw Buddy Rich. (“…I don’t know why I thought I could do this, I’ll never be any good at it…

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