Property law, generously understood, determines how rights to resources are created, defined, enforced, and terminated. The following diagram shows some of the major sets of rules governing the principal types of resources.
light & support;
change of conditions;
rule against perpetuities
|OBJECTS||manufacture||tort law; art-preservation laws||marital property||sale; gift; inheritance;|
|cessation of beneficial use|
|ANIMALS (wild; domestic)||capture; custom; tribal rights; permits; quotas; offspring||animal welfare rules||alienability of permits and quotas|
|PEOPLE||war; race; criminal punishment||restrictions on treatment -- homicide, assault, rape, food, housing||slave leases||conveyance; inheritance; foreclosure||manumission;
|INNOVATIONS (art; science; technology)||originality; novelty; inventive step; utility;|
|exclusive rights vs. exceptions & limitations||leases; joint authorship||assignments; work-for-hire; creative commons||"limited times"; termination rules|
|INFORMATION (e.g., traditional knowledge; medical information)||possession; discovery; surveillance; medical treatment||permissibility of commerce; health research; employment; insurance; politics||terms of service; inalienability; corporate acquisitions|
|ENERGY (oil, light, wind)||national vs. tribal vs. private rights; capture vs. correlative rights||environmental law||oil & gas leases;|
|Mill Acts; |
Solar Easement Statutes
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