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Property: Cases and Materials 3E

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Third Edition

James C. Smith, University of Georgia
Edward J. Larson, Pepperdine University 
John C. Nagle, Notre Dame
John A. Kidwell, University of Wisconsin

2013.  1,024 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-2504-3.

With Teacher’s Manual.

About the Book

Property: Cases and Materials features sweeping coverage in a single volume, from “old property” (such as the basics of real estate law) to “new property,” including the latest developments in intellectual property law. The text provokes debate on fundamental questions such as the creation of property, information as property, collective v. individual rights, and property as related to other bodies of law. Its coverage of intellectual property shows how the law grows and responds to social and technological change. Designed for flexibility, stand-alone chapters can be omitted if time constraints require. Property: Cases and Materials includes appellate decisions, statutes, regulations, administrative decisions, law review articles, and non-legal materials as well as principal cases―Elvis Presley International Memorial Foundation v. Crowell; Panavision International, L.P. v. Toeppen; Dred Scott v. Sandford; and Popov v. Hayashi on the dispute over the Barry Bonds home run ball.


The Third Edition has been heavily updated with recent cases, including more cases from the 21st century than any other major property casebook. A thorough update of all existing materials includes improved coverage of natural resources law and intellectual property.


Hallmark features of Property: Cases and Materials:

  • covers “old property” (e.g. basics of real estate law) and “new property” (e.g. developments in intellectual property law) in one volume
  • provokes debate on fundamental questions from multiple perspectives 
  • the creation of property
  • information as property 
  • collective v. individual rights 
  • property as related to other bodies of law
  • coverage of intellectual property shows how a the law responds to social and technological changes
  • flexible organization―stand-alone chapters may be omitted under time constraints 
  • transitional and explanatory notes enable student understanding of cases and readings
  • includes appellate decisions, statutes, regulations, administrative decisions, law review articles, and non-legal materials
  • explores principal cases 
  • Elvis Presley International Memorial Foundation v. Crowell (on the right of publicity)
  • Panavision International, L.P. v. Toeppen (on rights in Internet domain names)
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford (on rights in human beings, the role of social values in defining property)
  • Popov v. Hayashi (on the dispute over the Barry Bonds home run ball)

Thoroughly updated, the revised Third Edition presents:

  • many new recent cases including more cases from the 21st century than any other major property casebook 
  • improved coverage of natural resources law and intellectual property