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Review ''A fascinating, illuminating and insightful exploration of the roots of intellectual property law in America. Essential for students, teachers and practitioners in the field. Intellectually sound and highly readable.'' --Theodore Olson, Solicitor General of the United States, 2001-2004''The current proposals for copyright and patent reform are often stated in an impatient manner, as if there were only one side to a difficult problem. It is therefore refreshing to have this book by Randolph May and Seth Cooper that offers a careful and instructive exploration of the larger natural law foundations of modern intellectual property law and shows how the traditional concerns of the natural lawyers lend added weight to the soundness of the current IP system.'' --Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law and Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law''Given the importance of the protection of intellectual property rights to our nation's economy and to innovation and investment, this book addressing the constitutional foundations and philosophical underpinnings of IP rights provides a valuable antidote to the all too prevalent and damaging populist view that 'information wants to be free.' '' --Robert Atkinson, President, Information Innovation & Technology Foundation''I loved the book, and I hope it finds a large audience. Over the years, I've had many people tell me my interpretation of the Constitution's Intellectual Property Clause was wrong. Hopefully, this new book by Randolph May and Seth Cooper, with its scholarly yet highly readable treatment, will refocus the debate about IP rights on first principles and our Founders' intentions.'' --Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights of the United States, 1994-2011''This is an essential volume for anyone who cares about the Constitution and intellectual property. The Framers thought intellectual property was important enough to provide for its protection expressly in the Constitution. This book provides invaluable insights into the Framers' decision and should inform contemporary debates about the nature of that protection.'' --Paul Clement, Solicitor General of the United States, 2005-2008''Randolph May and Seth Cooper have authored a welcome addition to the literature on intellectual property rights. Well-researched and clearly written, this book provides an invaluable historical perspective that will contribute significantly to the ongoing debates about the conceptual underpinnings of copyright and patent law.'' --Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of RIAA''Finally, two talented authors add intellectual heft to the ongoing debate about the true nature of copyright?as an exclusive private property right, or as a limited right to be doled out stingily, riddled with exceptions and limitations, to be given away free-of-charge. It has become fashionable in some academic circles to treat copyright exclusivity as a quaint but outmoded notion, and its advocates as hopeless na?fs. But Mr. May and Mr. Cooper, by going back to first principles and natural rights, show us that an exclusive property right is at the heart of copyright protection. Their learned analysis should be widely read, especially by Members of Congress and judges, to help them understand the true nature of the debate and the deep roots of the copyright pedigree as a natural private property right?historically unique, socially revolutionary, and worth fighting for. Three cheers for Messrs. May and Cooper!'' --Ralph Oman, Register of Copyrights of the United States, 1985-1993 Read more About the Author Randolph May is President of the Free State Foundation. Seth L. Cooper is a Senior Fellow at the Free State Foundation. Read more

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