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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Goodbye, and My FSU L. Rev. Article on Intellectual Property

I want to thank Dan and everyone at Prawfs for another wonderfully enjoyable time guest blawging.

I feel especially connected to Florida State this Spring, since I just placed an article in the Florida State University Law Review. That manuscript is up on SSRN. It's called Intellectual Property and the Incentive Fallacy. I argue that the fundamental economic premise of copyright and patent – that public intellectual goods need external incentives – is wrong. Using recent scholarship in behavioral economics, psychology, and business-management studies, I contend that it can now be persuasively demonstrated that natural and intrinsic motivations will cause technology and the arts to thrive even without externally supplied rewards.

I wish everyone a wonderful summer. Here's hoping you don't run into any of your students at the beach. So lawng, prawfs!

Posted by Eric E. Johnson on May 7, 2011 at 10:20 PM in Intellectual Property | Permalink


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I too appreciate learning about the work of bloggers, guests or otherwise, especially if (as appears to be so in this case), one finds a novel or interesting argument, one against the current, so to speak. Indeed, it's rather refreshing to see an acknowledgement of human productivity or creativity described in terms sans reliance on external incentives or extrinsic rewards (alas, the assumption that much behavior of 'value' or worth requires such incentives or rewards is fairly commonplace).

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | May 8, 2011 10:21:59 PM

Part of the scholarly pursuit, in my view, is being exposed to ideas and papers in the many legal fields in which we do not individually specialize. Even in one's field(s), it is often difficult to easily keep track of all the thoughtful work being done. Accordingly, one of the reasons I come here is for pointers to people's work. I read every abstract linked to on Prawfs, and a fair number of the papers. It'd be a loss, not a gain, if either perma- or guest-prawfs didn't alert us to their scholarship.

Posted by: Brendan Maher | May 8, 2011 10:15:24 PM

Ditto what Jake said. "Pimping" provocative and well-written work is something that should be encouraged. I appreciated reading about this article and almost certainly would not have been aware of it but for this blog.

Posted by: andy | May 8, 2011 6:51:18 PM

@AnonProf - A professor who makes the best use of his or her time and resources is probably cross pollinating, drawing blog posts from future paper topics, or perhaps retrofit an existing paper into several different papers. There is often nice synchronicity between blog posts and full papers, and I appreciate being pointed to deeper analysis.

Posted by: Jake Linford | May 8, 2011 6:34:30 PM

I'm happy to see the pointer to Prof. Johnson's work. Blogging necessarily involves some degree of self-promotion. But this post doesn't strike me as crossing any line.

Posted by: Aaron | May 8, 2011 5:16:51 PM

I would appreciate it if Prawfs didn't invite guest commentators who use this blog to pimp their work.

[DM: This is the second snarky and craven anonymous comment from this IP address, and the last. I would delete the comment entirely but for the fact that there's a useful band of folks responding to this asininity.]

Posted by: AnonProf | May 8, 2011 4:57:53 PM

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