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The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy

Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz


The digital economy has great potential, but it also entails risks. The notion of personal property and ownership is under threat because of the shift to digital distribution and ubiquitous embedded software. This book makes a case for the importance of ownership in the digital age. It argues that the rights associated with ownership serve critical functions of promoting cultural preservation and innovation as well as protecting consumer autonomy. Technological developments and the aggressive efforts of IP rights holders, however, are gradually eroding the concept of ownership. There has been ... More

Keywords: Ownership, Personal property, Intellectual property, Digital economy, Copyright, Patent, Exhaustion, First sale, Legal reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035019
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Perzanowski, author
Case Western Reserve University

Jason Schultz, author
New York University