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The Treatise suggests that the two major strains in copyright are the economic or instrumental perspective, and the authors' rights perspective. This dual perspective parallels the configuration in property and tort law as a whole, where quandaries such as the suppression problem are sometimes analyzed in terms of whether the individual holding an entitlement is a "steward" entrusted with the resource solely for sake of the social good that is likely to result from his or her productive use of it, or a "sovereign" to be left unregulated in managing the resource.



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