Mikhaïl Xifaras

is Professor of Public Law at Sciences Po and junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is author of numerous publications and articles on legal and political philosophy, the history of legal thought, and the theory of


A bitter battle is underway between the supporters of intellectual property and those who defend the notion of the commons. Legal historian Mikhail Xifaras traces the history of the concept of “exclusive rights” and evaluates the emancipatory claims of the copyleft movement today.

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