Property Rights on the Frontier

Property Rights on the Frontier:

The Economics and Self-Help and Self-Defense in Cyberspace

September 10, 2004


    JLEP proudly held its inaugural Symposium, Property Rights on the Frontier: The Economics and Self-Help and Self-Defense in Cyberspace, on Friday, September 10, 2004, in conjunction with sponsorship from the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program.

Lecture Series Event Summary

George Mason University School of Law’s Dean Dan Polsby kicked the event off by speaking about how the Journal’s vision fits into that of the School of Law’s and the appropriateness of the topic. The event then featured discussions of papers by eight distinguished professors:

  • Richard A. Epstein of the University of Chicago School of Law (Self-Help: From the Stone Age to the Internet Age) ,
  • Neal K. Katyal of Georgetown University Law Center (The Selfishness of Self-Help in Cyberspace and Community Self-Help),
  • Henry E. Smith of Yale Law School (Self-Help and the Nature of Property),
  • David McGowan of the University of Minnesota Law School (The Trespass Trouble and the Metaphor Muddle),
  • Bruce P. Smith of the University of Illinois College of Law (Hacking, Poaching, and Counterattacking),
  • Orin S. Kerr of George Washington University Law School (Deterring Computer Crime Outside of Criminal Law: A Skeptical View of Civil Liability Self-Help and Architectural Solutions),
  • Douglas G. Lichtman of the University of Chicago School of Law (How the Law Responds to Self-Help), and
  • Dan L. Burk of the University of Minnesota Law School (Legal and Technical Standards in Digital Rights Management). After each professor presented his paper ideas, lively question and answer sessions followed.

Attorney Adam R. Fox delivered lunchtime remarks to the event participants and Emily Frye, the CIP Program Associate Director for Law and Economics Programs, delivered poignant closing remarks. The day also concluded with a networking reception sponsored by Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP.

Close to 100 participants took part in the event, including professors, law students, government officials and private practitioners. Among the organizations represented were the following:

  • Federal Trade Commission
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • The World Bank
  • Cyber Security Industry Alliance
  • MicroStrategy
  • James Madison University
  • Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Progress & Freedom Foundation

  • National Defense University
  • Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • Centre Consulting
  • Law Office of Rajeev S Khanna PC
  • Howard University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Wisconsin Law School

Licensed Virginia attorneys had the opportunity of earning 6, pre-approved Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits.