circularity of real and intellectual property

Besides Constitutional Law and Criminal Law, I’m taking both Property (aka land, stuff- ‘real’ property) and Principles of Intellectual Property (mentioned earlier today.) I expected the IP class to refer to the property class, but maybe not to this extent.

My intellectual property class is being co-taught by a real property prof. He wrote the textbook… for my real property class (bio). The textbook cites Lessig’s blog posts about Google Print while discussing whether airplane overflights are trespass. (This post, and this followup.) I did not expect to get a Lessig reference in real property before I saw one in IP. (To be fair, there was a very passing CC reference in IP class today, in discussion of the use of terms other than ‘property’ to discuss IP. Point still stands. :)