Will Direct New Center for the Study of Digital Property
WASHINGTON, D.C. - James V. DeLong will join The Progress & Freedom Foundation as a full-time senior fellow and director of the Foundation’s new Center for the Study of Digital Property, effective December 1, 2002. In his new role, DeLong will be responsible for directing an intensive program of research and education on intellectual property issues related to the Internet and other digital technologies.
“There is a school of thought developing in the academic community that suggests property rights don’t matter very much in the new digital environment,” DeLong said. “My view is that the best way to capture the benefits of the digital revolution is through markets, not regulation. That means preserving property rights, not eroding them.”
“We are extremely pleased that Jim has joined us, and at the opportunity to expand our work in what is perhaps the most important, and in some ways most difficult, public policy challenge facing the future of the Internet,” said PFF President Jeffrey A. Eisenach. “Jim’s extraordinary record of scholarship on property rights and technology issues puts us in a position to make an important contribution in this crucial field.”
Jim joins PFF from his current position as a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he has written widely on technology-related issues. Among his previous positions are stints as general counsel of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest, research director of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and Assistant Director for Special Projects in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the FTC. His book, Property Matters: How Property Rights Are Under Assault – And Why You Should Care, was published by the Free Press in 1997, and he has written widely on copyright and related issues, including a major article, “Defending Intellectual Property,” published by the Cato Institute earlier this year. DeLong is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was book review editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard College.
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.