“PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership” by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal

Post to Twitter

PROPERTY OUTLAWS:
How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters
Improve the Law of Ownership

by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal

Book Cover

Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience can often lead to an improvement in legal regulation. The authors argue that in property law there is a tension between the competing demands of stability and dynamism, but its tendency is to become static and fall out of step with the needs of society.

The authors employ wide-ranging examples of the behaviors of”property outlaws”:the trespasser, squatter, pirate, or file-sharer:to show how specific behaviors have induced legal innovation. They also delineate the similarities between the actions of property outlaws in the spheres of tangible and intellectual property. An important conclusion of the book is that a dynamic between the activities of”property outlaws”and legal innovation should be cultivated in order to maintain this avenue of legal reform.

Published by Yale University Press.
Available for purchase from Yale University Press, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble. Also available on Kindle.

Share
This entry was posted in Academia, Feminists in Academia, Recommended Books. Bookmark the permalink.