Michael Madison, ‘Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law’

Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. American legal scholarship often suffers from a related sin of omission: failing to acknowledge its intellectual debts. This short piece attempts to cure one possible source of the problem, in one discipline: inadequate information about what’s worth reading among older writing. I list “lost classics” of American scholarship in intellectual property law. These are not truly “lost,” and what counts as “classic” is often in the eye of the beholder (or reader). But these works may usefully be found again, and intellectual property law scholarship would be strengthened by better and more consistent acknowledgement of earlier work.

Madison, Michael J, Lost Classics of Intellectual Property Law (August 1, 2014). U of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No 2014-28.

First posted 2014-08-06 19:30:19

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