Introducing the Papinian Press, which will be used for several upcoming works, including:
- Legal Foundations of a Free Society (Papinian Press, 2023)
- You Can’t Own Ideas: Essays on Intellectual Property (skeletal e-book; Papinian Press, 2023)
- The Anti-IP Reader: Free Market Critiques of Intellectual Property (skeletal e-book; Papinian Press, 2023)
- The Libertarian Anarchist Reader (skeletal e-book; Papinian Press, forthcoming 2023)
- Copy This Book: The Case for Abolishing Intellectual Property (Papinian Press, TBD)
This imprint is named after the Roman Jurist Papinian, a favorite of mine for both his connection to the Roman law (I studied law at Louisiana State University, a civil law state with its legal system influenced by the Roman law), his brilliance as a jurist, and his courage and adherence to justice when faced with death. I also used him in the promo material for the Mises Academy course I taught in 2011 on libertarian legal theory, KOL018 | “Libertarian Legal Theory: Property, Conflict, and Society: Lecture 1: Libertarian Basics: Rights and Law” (Mises Academy, 2011). The reason I admire him so much: “Papinian [a third-century Roman jurist, considered by many to be the greatest of Roman jurists] is said to have been put to death for refusing to compose a justification of Caracalla’s murder of his brother and co-Emperor, Geta, declaring, so the story goes, that it is easier to commit murder than to justify it.” —Barry Nicholas, An Introduction to Roman Law, p. 30 n.2 (1962).
Imprint designed by Susi Clark of Creative Blueprint Design.