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James Stern on the Myth of Nonrivalry

Season 1, Ep. 197

In this episode, James Y. Stern, Associate Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School, discusses his article "Intellectual Property & the Myth of Nonrivalry." Stern begins by describing the conventional economic theory of property and public goods, and how it structures the prevailing view of intellectual property among legal scholars in the United States. Specifically most scholars assume that property conventionally allocates scarce or rival resources, but because information is non-rival, allocation is unnecessary, and the only legitimate goal is providing an incentive for production. He argues that information actually is rival, because different people have different preferences for how it is used. Accordingly, public goods economics cannot provide an empirical justification for intellectual property, which is fundamentally an expression of normative values. Stern is on Twitter at @JamesYStern. His scholarship is available on SSRN.

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Thomas J. Tobin on Copyright & Higher Education Quality

Season 1, Ep. 728
In this episode, Thomas J. Tobin, an author, speaker, and scholar of higher education quality discusses his work on copyright education and distance learning. Among other things, he discusses how became interested in distance learning, how it lead to an interest in copyright policy and education, and the different ways in which he has advanced that conversation. He also describes the process of creating his comic book "The Copyright Ninja," and how it is used by copyright educators. Tobin is on Twitter at @ThomasJTobin. He has also shared the following links:UW-Madison Center for Teaching, Learning, & Mentoring:https://ctlm.wisc.edu/The Pre-Raphaelite Critic:https://mathcs.duq.edu/~tobin/PR_Critic/"Copyright for Distance Educators" (2000), Distance Learning Administration conference:http://mathcs.duq.edu/~tobin/cv/essay.dla.02.ppt"Copyright for Distance Education" (2001),Intellectual Property and Digital Information in Higher Education: Problems and Solutions. Temple University:http://mathcs.duq.edu/~tobin/cv/essay.temple.01.rtfCopyrightx:https://cyber.harvard.edu/teaching/copyrightx"Training Your Faculty about Copyright when the Lawyer Isn't Looking" (2014),Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration:https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/summer172/tobin172.htmlKneece, M. (2015).The Art of Comic Book Writing:https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/220559/the-art-of-comic-book-writing-by-mark-kneece/Michael Watson, comic-book artist:https://www.facebook.com/5KWATTSThe Copyright Ninja(2017):https://squareup.com/store/thomasjtobin(US),http://mathcs.duq.edu/~tobin/cv/copyright.ninja.canada.html(Canada)This episode was hosted byBrian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at@brianlfrye.