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Understanding the Rules of Ownership: Introducing Michael Heller and James Salzman

“Mine” is one of the first words babies learn. By the time we grow up, the idea of ownership seems natural to us, whether we’re buying a cup of coffee or a house. But what if everything we thought we knew about ownership was wrong? That’s exactly what esteemed lawyers Michael Heller and James Salzman argue in their eagerly anticipated book Mine! In it, they reveal how the hidden rules of ownership really work—and how we can leverage them to our advantage.

There are many age-old adages that describe ownership in our culture, from “first come, first served” to “possession is nine-tenths of the law.” But what’s striking about these sayings is, despite their ubiquity, none of them ring 100% true. That’s because the binary view of ownership no longer tells the full story—the boundaries between what’s ours and what is someone else’s have blurred. Savvy businesses and governments know this already, and they use it to their advantage. In their new book Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives, co-authors Michael Heller and James Salzman reveal that ownership is always up for grabs, if you know the rules. A combination of history, psychology, and law, this must-read book has been compared to the charismatic style of Freakonomics, and the authors’ on-stage presentations are equally as riveting.


Heller and Salzman have both been teaching for over 25 years—at Columbia and UCLA law schools, respectively. Each has been voted ‘Professor of the Year’ during their tenure, and combined, they have trained over 5,000 lawyers, business people, and environmentalists. Book them for your next virtual event or speaking engagement through The Lavin Agency, their exclusive speakers bureau.


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