Copyright lawyers from Harvard's Berkman Center have written an article in the Harvard Crimson excoriating the Harvard Coop bookstore for claiming that its prices are "intellectual property."
We're not sure what "intellectual property" right the Coop has in mind, but it's none that we recognize. Nor is it one that promotes the progress of science and useful arts, as copyright is intended to do. While intellectual property may have become the fashionable threat of late, even in the wake of the Recording Industry Association of America's mass litigation campaign the catch-phrase–and the law–has its limits.
Since the Coop's managers don't seem to have read the law books on their shelves, we'd like to offer them a little Copyright 101.