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This Just In: Against Progress: Intellectual Property and Fundamental Values in the Internet Age

When first written into the Constitution, intellectual property protections were intended to help foster the progress of science and the useful arts by granting rights to authors and inventors. In Against Progress: Intellectual Property and Fundamental Values in the Internet Age Jessica Silbey argues the constitutional mandate for intellectual property of progress and fundamental values, such as equality, privacy, and distributive justice, are increasingly challenged in today’s internet age.  Silbey examines the experiences of everyday creators and innovators navigating ownership, sharing, and sustainability within the internet ecosystem and current intellectual property laws via several intellectual property cases.

Jessica Silbey is a Professor of law at Boston University and has written numerous other books on intellectual property.