[cross-posted at Austro-Athenian Empire]
Ive been to Indianapolis twice recently: last month for a Liberty Fund conference on Zora Neale Hurston, and last weekend for another Liberty Fund conference, this one on Landes and Posners Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law, and held at Liberty Funds own offices (and incidentally the first Liberty Fund conference Ive been to where as many as a third of the participants were nonwhite a nice change from the usual complexion, pun intended).
As Ive mentioned before, nearly a third of Liberty & Powers bloggers were at the first conference. Ive now gotten the photos developed; these arent the highest-quality scans, but theyll have to do:
L to R: Keith Halderman, Mark Brady, me, David Beito, Jonathan Bean, Wendy McElroy
Just the anarchists (other than me): Mark Brady, Wendy McElroy, David Beito
As for the second conference, a few random notes:
When I mentioned that although the early Tarzan books are out of copyright, theyre still restricted because ERBs estate holds the trademark to the characters, Tom Bell (check out his online book Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good) mentioned that he thought a recent case involving Daystar Technologies rules out using trademark to protect copyright in which case the ERB business model may be in serious trouble. Anyone else with IP expertise (Stephan?) have any comments?
Milton Thompson (who happens to be the lawyer-agent for Star Treks Avery Brooks) mentioned that the performers he works with are less and less interested in controlling copyright and are relying less and less on IP in their business models.
I was delighted to learn that Liberty Fund will be publishing a new translation (by Dennis OKeefe, translator of Constants Principles of Politics) of Molinaris Soirées. (Though this isnt necessarily a reason to abandon my own translation-in-progress if the term progress really applies to a project that hasnt been updated since 2003 since it would also be nice to have a version available without copyright restrictions.)