Owning the Intangible: Possession, Theft, and (Mis)Appropriation of Ideas

Followup to Class 7

Congratulations to our various athletes. Football won this past weekend, and it sounds like women's tennis also did well.

This coming Thursday is of religious import for at least two major reigions (different observances). If you are unable to make Thursday's class, please let me know ASAP.

Don't forget Kumail's comedy stylings on Wednesday evening.

To ease the start of class, I'm willing to place your orders for drinks if you email them to me the evening before.

There are two readings for Thursday's class:

For Thursday's class, you should bring a few potentially interesting topics that have come up in your readings or broader explorations of IP. For example,

Our discussion about potentially interesting topics is intended to spur your thoughts on the topic you might choose for your project.

In today's class, we identified some areas in which the three key forms of IP are similar and some others in which they differ. Here's a list of some of the areas we came up with.

Many of you indicated that each chapter of Williams starts to feel repetitive. As we saw in the exercise on chapter 2, one of the reasons he gives so many examples is that he wants you to practice thinking through the principles that he presents.

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