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Law professor Joshua A.T. Fairfield’s fascinating – and at times downright scary – study of how digital technology changes property rights touches on real-world court cases as well as on game-world magical swords. Fairfield cautions that society faces a crisis as technology reshapes the complicated arena of property rights. He sounds the alarm about dangerous developments eroding those rights, discusses implications and solutions, and explains why all this matters and what to do about it. getAbstract recommends his timely warning to anyone concerned about property, privacy, digital culture and personal freedom.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the digital revolution transforms property rights,
  • Why these changes could be dangerous and
  • What people should do to address potential threats.

About the Author

Joshua A.T. Fairfield, JD, is a law professor at Washington and Lee University, where he specializes in technology and digital property.



Property, Digital and Otherwise

You own all your physical possessions outright. But despite what you may think, you own few of your digital items and have less control over them than over your other belongings. Digital technology is reshaping property rights.

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