When I teach property, I generally don’t teach much IP because I’ve found I get frustrated with the necessary quickness of any coverage. But they’ve come for my casebook, and so I must respond. Aspen is making the next edition of Dukeminier, Krier et al. into a tied deal, purporting to provide a physical copy that must be returned at the end of the semester (thus trying to defeat first sale, even though this type of servitude isn’t historically allowed for chattels and I disagree with the apparent idea that this is an enforceable condition) while providing “lifetime” access to an electronic version.
Paul Levy suggests a boycott is in order. I agree that I’m not about to require my students to pay this money for a book they won’t be able to resell plus non-credible “lifetime” access. The internet is littered with the corpses of websites that were supposed to give you access to your paid-for, DRMed content forever, including websites backed by some very big names. I’m pretty lazy and don’t like to switch casebooks, but I guess I have to if this policy persists. Law school is expensive; so is giving up the first sale doctrine.