Brett Frischmann’s expertise is in intellectual property and internet law. After clerking for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practicing at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC, he joined the Loyola University Chicago law faculty in 2002. He has held visiting appointments at Cornell and Fordham. A prolific author, whose articles have appeared in Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Review of Law and Economics, among other journals, Professor Frischmann has focused recently on the relationships between infrastructural resources, property rights, commons, and spillovers. He is currently writing a book on these topics to be published by Oxford University Press.
We inherently depend on each other and on shared infrastructures of various types. It is too easy to lose sight of this basic fact. We like to celebrate individual achievement and independence. Unfortunately, we make the mistake of thinking in binary terms, individual or social, private or public, market or government. This leads to great distortions in our perceptions about the world. Reality is more complicated. Read more » about Appreciating what we’ve built (or dismissing the myth of the "romantic" business owner / entrepreneur / free market)
Last week, Concurring Opinions hosted a symposium on my book. Here are links to the posts:
Frank Pasquale’s Introduction to the Infrastructure Symposium:
Deven Desai, Education and Infrastructure: Read more » about Commentary on Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources
April 25-26: Concurring Opinions will host a symposium on my book, Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources. Needless to say, I am excited and anxious, and I hope you’ll join in the conversation. I'll be sure to cross-post here as well. Read more » about Next week: Concurring Opinions will host a blog symposium on Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources
Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, is at times thrilling, at times encyclopedic, and at times possibly hyperbolic. It is very well-written, it touches on an incredibly wide variety of modern topics, it builds on an exhaustive set of references, and most importantly it makes you think seriously about the future. You cannot possibly read this book without pausing at least a half a dozen times to ponder. There were parts of the book that presented me with completely new facts, claims, technologies, and predictions. Read more » about Who Will Pay for the Zero Marginal Cost Society?
"Professor Brett Frischmann, affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, provides a succinct explanation of why rule-based systems (those following a "commons management principle") can generate greater benefits in some instances than title-based access: Read more » about Playing by the Rules: The Success of Unlicensed Spectrum
Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman, continuing their excellent blogging (soon to be in book form) about markets succeeding in absence of intellectual property, have taken a look at the question of whether or not different brands of marijuana can be covered by trademark. With the increasing legality of medical marijuana, it's not uncommon for different strands to get their own brands. However, as the two note, plant varieties cannot be trademarked, but you can build a brand on top of one. Read more » about Can You Trademark Your Pot?
It’s unlikely that we are ever going to get a book as rigorous and comprehensive in its treatment of infrastructure as a commons than Professor Brett Frischmann’s recently published Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (Oxford University Press). This book is a landmark in the study of the social value of infrastructure, a theme that is generally overlooked or marginalized.
Read the full story at the original publication link below. Read more » about Brett Frischmann on Infrastructure as a Commons
Join us for this evening talk where Brett Frischmann will discuss the social value of shared infrastructures— including roads, our natural environment, and the Internet—and he will explain why we can no longer afford to take these resources for granted. Read more » about Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources - An Evening Talk with Brett M. Frischmann
Brett Frischmann discussed the social value of shared infrastructures— including roads, our natural environment, and the Internet—and he explained why we can no longer afford to take these resources for granted. Read more » about Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources - Brett Frischmann (Audio)
Brett Frischmann discussed the social value of shared infrastructures— including roads, our natural environment, and the Internet—and he explained why we can no longer afford to take these resources for granted. Read more » about Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources - Brett Frischmann (Video)
CIS Affiliate Scholar David Levine interviews Prof. Brett Frischmann of Cardozo Law, author of Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources. Read more » about Brett Frischmann - Hearsay Culture - Show #166 - KZSU-FM