Friday, April 20, 2007

Naming rights and the public domain

Congratulations to Ann Bartow of Feminist Law Professors on her publication in the UC Davis Law Review of the article "Trademarks of Privilege: Naming Rights and the Physical Public Domain." She raises fascinating questions about the roles and responsibilities of government in allowing public assets to be appropriated by private interests. During the conversations she and I have had on this subject, she has caused me to think hard about naming decisions that I--as member of the Chapel Hill Town Council naming committee, no less--am confronted with from time to time.

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