Monthly Archives: March 2013

Politics and Economics: The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups of the Social Sciences

Or they should be. I’ve never understood the antipathy between the two disciplines. If you’re studying economic phenomena you better have an understanding of both their mechanics (economics) and their context (politics). Anyway, I’m posting this mainly as a reminder … Continue reading

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What would copyright law look like if economists held the pen?

So yet another study finds that there is a small, positive correlation between illegal downloading and music sales (h/t Geist, Knopf, Torrent Freak and others). In basic English: Illegal downloads don’t harm music sales. Let’s put it even more simply: At the … Continue reading

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SOPA and online social movements: Thinking transnationally, acting locally

Just noticed that Susan Sell, a big influence on my own studies – her Private Power, Public Law (online for free at the link!) was one of the starting points for my dissertation – has cited me in an article on … Continue reading

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ACTA comes to Canada: Will protests follow?

On Friday the Conservative government introduced legislation that would implement the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (h/t Geist). Four quick comments: The government’s being a bit sneaky with its briefing materials. C-56 primarily amends the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act, but … Continue reading

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