Symposium on Madhavi Sunder’s From Goods to a Good Life, September 11-13

This week Concurring Opinions is hosting a symposium on Madhavi Sunder’s From Goods to a Good Life (Amazon) published by Yale Press which offers a preview. Madhavi’s work has pushed how many colleagues and I think about intellectual property. I am honored to organize this discussion.

I have more to say about the book, but to whet your appetites, I offer this quote:

The full cultural and economic consequences of intellectual property policies are hidden. We focus instead on the fruits of innovation—more iPods, more bestsellers, more blockbuster drugs—without concern for what is being produced, by whom, and for whose benefit. But make no mistake: intellectual property laws have profound effects on human capabilities…

The symposium will include contributions from Mike Carroll, Laura DeNardis, Brett Frischmann, Mike Madison, Mark McKenna, Frank Pasquale, Zahr Said, Lea Bishop Shaver, Jessica Silbey, and Molly Van Houweling.

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7 Responses

  1. I don’t recall this symposium being announced earlier, perhaps it was. If not, I think in the future it would be helpful if readers are given more advance notice of such things, this allows us, should we want to do so, to read the book or paper in question prior to the symposium so as to be on the same page, as it were, with the participants. This also assures more appropriate and meaningful comments. It just so happens that I recently purchased this book, although I’ve yet to read it and may not get to it before the symposium’s conclusion.

  2. A.J. Sutter says:

    As often in other cases, I concur with Patrick in this, too.

  3. Deven says:


    Thanks for the tip. Have other symposiums been announced much in advance?


  4. Deven,

    I doubt it (at CO, that is), but I can’t recall. Crooked Timber and Opinio Juris, for instance, are two well-known blogs that do tend to announce such things in advance. And I might have brought it up before but didn’t…still, I would think there’s no compelling reason we can’t change things here in this regard.


  5. Luis says:

    Crooked Timber both announces the reading well ahead of time, and also (of late) spreads the symposiums out – one post a day, so that there is time to read, digest, and have real conversation about each individual post. I’d highly recommend following that approach here in the future – there is no need to bunch up a lot of very smart, thoughtful comments into just three days. (That said, I still look forward to this… or at least to re-reading it once I’ve actually read the book.)

  6. Luis says:

    Also, I can’t be the only one amused by a book nominally about a critique of current IP regimes that is promoted by a link to Amazon, surely in the forefront of creating and enforcing current IP regimes for the “printed” word. Especially when the frontispiece seems to indicate that a version of the book is available via CC license from 🙂

  7. Deven Desai says:

    Ok got it . I will float earlier announcement and style with the group.