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Professor Neil M. Richards of Washington University School of Law discusses his recently published book, Intellectual Privacy (Oxford University Press 2015). In Intellectual Privacy, Professor Richards offers a different solution, one that ensures that our ideas and values keep pace with our technologies. Because of the importance of free speech to free and open societies, he argues that when privacy and free speech truly conflict, free speech should almost always win. Only when disclosures of truly horrible information are made (such as sex tapes) should privacy be able to trump our commitment to free expression. But in sharp contrast to conventional wisdom, Richards argues that speech and privacy are only rarely in conflict.

The BookIT IP Series is sponsored by Chicago-Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law and features authors of new books on intellectual property law.This BookIT talk is the fourth in the 2014-2015 series.

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