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Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. Frank says:

    Peter Suber’s blog suggests that perhaps the best sistuation is for no one to own academic works….that we are best served by a system that allows them to be as freely reproduced as possible.

    I know of an author (Lydia Loren) who has done very interesting work on the idea of “abandoning copyright,” but I will wait to cite the paper I’ve seen this in b/c it says “please check with Author for final version before citing.”

  2. Frank says:

    PS: there is a certain tension in my comment above; I both suggest that abandonment of copyright would be best in many academic fields, and respect someone’s request not merely to not quote a work, but not to cite it.

    But I think whatever rights at play here are more in the nature of privacy than property rights. And I hope that eventually, people will be able to release versions of papers and not have to worry about warning others not to cite early versions. This is rather like Tom Cross’s idea of according different degrees of “venerability” to texts by color–a first draft could be read, later ones yellow, green, and finally black.

    see:

    http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue11_9/cross/index.html

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