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This essay has two themes. The violins, so to say, are trying to restate something elementary about the law of personal property. The cello is gently grumbling about the promiscuous use of the word “remedy”. Those who prefer to do so will find it easy to shut the cello out. The two things that the essay seeks to do are these. First, we must understand our law of personal property better, and the starting point is a clearer picture of how our law protects proprietary rights in personality. What follows aims to take a step towards securing that starting point. Secondly, tempting as it is to try to achieve this in terms of “proprietary remedies” or simply “remedies”, that language is so ambiguous that it can make only a negative contribution. And that needs to be shown up. It is dangerous to be unaware that the language of remedy clouds the clearest pool.

Keywords: Personal Property; Proprietary Remedies; Proprietary Rights

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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