Recent best: Sonia Katyal

by November 24, 2010

Sonia Katyal is a professor of intellectual property and civil rights law at Fordham Law School in New York City. She is the co-author of Property Outlaws: How Squatters, Pirates, and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership (Feb 2010, Yale University Press), and she recently won a Warhol Foundation grant for her upcoming book, Contrabrand, which studies the relationship between art, advertising and intellectual property. Sonia recommends:

Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds, by Greg Lastowka, is a fascinating description of how the laws of creativity, copyright, and property are being reformed by the new frontiers of online gaming and virtual worlds. A must-read for anyone interested in the interface between law and technology.

What is the What, by Dave Eggers, is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful story of Valentino Achak Deng, one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys”, who managed to survive insurmountable odds in a war-torn republic to ultimately find his way to the United States. A story of courage, politics, humor and hope–recounted in Eggers’ inimitable style, this book leaves you simply awestruck by the power of the human spirit.

How Squatters, Pirates, and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership