The Politics of Intellectual Property

8 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2009 Last revised: 22 Oct 2009

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Jessica Litman

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: September 5, 2009


This talk, delivered at the 2006 AALS mid-year meeting, briefly addresses the politics of copyright legislation before segueing into the politics of intellectual property scholarship. I urge that the metaphor of a “copyright war,” used by both copyright owners and copyright reformers, is uncomfortably apt. It reflects a polarization of the copyright community that has affected copyright scholarship in unhealthy ways, encouraging scholars to choose sides in the copyright wars and to tailor their scholarship to fit.

Keywords: copyright, scholarship, politics

Suggested Citation

Litman, Jessica, The Politics of Intellectual Property (September 5, 2009). Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2009, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 167, Available at SSRN:

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