Yochai Benkler

Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies

Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Representative Publications



Benkler, Yochai. The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest (Crown Business 2011).
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Benkler, Yochai. The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (Yale University Press 2006).
Benkler, Yochai. Common Wisdom: Peer Production of Educational Materials (COSL Press 2005).
Lessig, Lawrence, Jonathan L. Zittrain, Charles R. Nesson, William W. Fisher & Yochai Benkler. Internet Law (Foundation Press 2002).
Legal Research Network, MCI Communications Corporation & Yochai Benkler. Rules of the Road for the Information Superhighway: Electronic Communications and the Law (West 1996).

Shorter Works in Collection

Benkler, Yochai. "Law, Policy, and Cooperation" in Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Regulation (E. Balleisen & D. Moss eds., Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Benkler, Yochai. "The Idea of Access to Knowledge and the Information Commons" in From Intellectual Property Rights to Access to Knowledge (G. Krikorian & A. Kapczynski eds., Zone Books, forthcoming 2009).
Benkler, Yochai. "Technology, Policy, Cooperation, and Human Systems Design" in The New Economics of Technology Policy (Dominique Foray ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009).
Benkler, Yochai. "From Greenspan's Despair to Obama's Hope: Basis of Cooperation as Principles of Regulation" in New Perspectives on Regulation 63 (David A. Moss & John A. Cisternino eds., Tobin Project, 2009).
Benkler, Yochai. "The University in the Networked Economy and Society: Challenges and Opportunities" in The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing (Richard N. Katz ed., EDUCAUSE, 2008).
Benkler, Yochai. "Peer Production of Survivable Critical Infrastructures" in The Law and Economics of Cybersecurity (M. F. Grady & F. Parisi eds., Cambridge University Press, 2006).
Benkler, Yochai. "A Speakers' Corner Under the Sun" in The Commodification of Information (Niva Elkin-Koren & Neil Weinstock Netanel eds., Kluwer Law International, 2002).
Benkler, Yochai. "A Political Economy of the Public Domain: Markets in Information Goods vs. The Marketplace of Ideas" in Expanding the Boundaries of Intellectual Property: Innovation Policy for the Knowledge Society (Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss, Diane Leenheer Zimmerman & Harry First eds., Oxford University Press, 2001).

Articles in a Periodical

Benkler, Yochai. "Hacks of Valor: Why Anonymous Is Not a Threat to National Security," Foreign Affairs, April 4, 2012.
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Benkler, Yochai. "The Unselfish Gene," Harvard Business Review, July-August 2011, at 76.
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Benkler, Yochai. "A Free Irresponsible Press: Wikileaks and the Battle Over the Soul of the Networked Fourth Estate," 46 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 311 (2011).
Belsky, Leah, Byron Kahr, Max Berkelhammer & Yochai Benkler. "Everything in its Right Place: Social Cooperation and Artist Compensation," 17 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 1 (2010).
Benkler, Yochai. "Correspondence: A New Era of Corruption?" The New Republic Online, March 4, 2009.
Rand, David G., Thomas Pfeiffer, Anna Dreber, Rachel W. Sheketoff, Nils C. Wernerfelt & Yochai Benkler. "Dynamic remodeling of in-group bias during the 2008 Presidential election," 106 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 6187 (2009).
Benkler, Yochai. "Educating for Participation in the Networked Environment," 6 Policy Futures in Education 152 (2008).
Benkler, Yochai & Helen Nissenbaum. "Commons-Based Peer Production and Virtue," 14 Journal of Political Philosophy 394 (2006).
Kapczynski, Amy, Samantha Chaifetz, Zachary Katz & Yochai Benkler. "Addressing Global Health Inequities: An Open Licensing Approach for University Innovations," 20 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1031 (2005).
Benkler, Yochai. "'Sharing Nicely': On Shareable Goods and the Emergence of Sharing as a Modality of Economic Production," 114 Yale Law Journal 273 (2004).
Benkler, Yochai. "Commons-Based Strategies and the Problems of Patents," 305 Science 1110 (2004).
Benkler, Yochai. "The Political Economy of Commons," 4 UPGRADE (2003).
Benkler, Yochai. "Through the Looking Glass: Alice and the Constitutional Foundations of the Public Domain," 66 Law and Contemporary Problems 173 (2003).
Benkler, Yochai. "Freedom in the Commons," 52 Duke Law Journal 1245 (2003).
Benkler, Yochai. "Coase's Penguin, or, Linux and The Nature of the Firm," 112 Yale Law Journal 369 (2002).
Benkler, Yochai. "Some Economics of Wireless Communications," 16 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 25 (2002).
Benkler, Yochai. "Intellectual Property and the Organization of Information Production," 22 International Review of Law and Economics 81 (2002).
Benkler, Yochai. "Siren Songs and Amish Children: Autonomy, Information, and Law," 76 New York University Law Review 23 (2001).
Benkler, Yochai. "The Battle Over the Institutional Ecosystem in the Digital Environment," 44 Communications of the ACM 84 (2001).
Benkler, Yochai. "From Consumers to Users: Shifting the Deeper Structures of Regulation Towards Sustainable Commons and User Access," 52 Federal Communications Law Journal 561 (2000).
Benkler, Yochai. "An Unhurried View of Private Ordering in Information Transactions," 53 Vanderbilt Law Review 2063 (2000).
Benkler, Yochai. "Constitutional Bounds of Database Protection: The Role of Judicial Review in the Creation and Definition of Private Rights in Information," 15 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 535 (2000).
Benkler, Yochai. "Net Regulation: Taking Stock and Looking Forward," 71 Colorado Law Review 331 (2000).
Benkler, Yochai. "Free Markets vs. Free Speech: A Resilient Red Lion and it Critics," 11 European Journal of International Law 171 (2000) (reviewing Robert Corn-Revere ed., Media Institute, Rationales & Rationalizations: Regulating the Electronic Media (1997)).
Benkler, Yochai. "Internet Regulation: A Case Study in the Problem of Unilateralism," 11 European Journal of International Law 167 (2000).
Benkler, Yochai. "Free as the Air to Common Use: First Amendment Constraints on Enclosure of the Public Domain," 74 New York University Law Review 354 (1999).
Benkler, Yochai & Lawrence Lessig. "Net Gains: Will Technology Make CBS Unconstitutional?" 219 The New Republic 12 (1998).
Benkler, Yochai. "Communications Infrastructure Regulation and the Distribution of Control Over Content," 22 Telecommunications Policy 183 (1998).
Benkler, Yochai. "Overcoming Agoraphobia: Building the Commons of the Digitally Networked Environment," 11 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 287 (1998).

Articles in a Newspaper

Benkler, Yochai. "Crony Capitalism in the Air," TPM, Dec. 8, 2011.
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Benkler, Yochai & Bruce Ackerman. "Occupying the First Amendment," Huffington Post, Oct. 21, 2011.
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Benkler, Yochai. "Entering the Internet's Trench Warfare," New York Times, March 21, 2010, at WK12.
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Working or Discussion Papers

Scott, Hal S., Yochai Benkler et al. "Rules for Growth: Promoting Innovation and Growth Through Legal Reform," Yale Law and Economics Research Paper, No. 426 (2011).
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(Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper No. 410; UC Berkeley Public Law Paper No. 1757982)


Benkler, Yochai. The Commons as a Neglected Factor of Information Policy (October 5, 1998).
(Presented at the 26th Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, Oct 3-5, 1998)

Representative Publications