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To Taylor, Love Freedom

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by posted in Economics, Intellectual Property, Music.

Dear Taylor Swift, You recently wrote an open letter to Apple, Inc. (To Apple, Love Taylor) where you spelled out your decisions on why you will not be allowing them to stream your album, 1989, without paying you for the


My letter to the NY Times re: Why laid off American workers can’t find jobs

Re: The Perils of Globalization Dear Sirs: I believe that Binyamin Appelbaum may have unwittingly answered his own question about why American workers who lose their jobs–as illustrated by the former Maytag employees in Galesburg, Illinois–have such a difficult time

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Pop Art and Intellectual Property

Monday, November 24th, 2014 by posted in Intellectual Property.

One of the most iconic painters of the 20th century was Roy Lichtenstein, a New York based artist who, alongside Andy Warhol, came to fame as one of the defining voices in the American Pop Art movement. Pop Art was

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An Intuitive Guide to Intellectual Property

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Intellectual Property.

These days, everyone and their mother seems to have an opinion on intellectual property. This has its positives and negatives. The positives are that the more people are aware of the issues affecting society, the more likely they are to


IP Holders Want It Both Ways

Friday, June 13th, 2014 by posted in Intellectual Property.

The debate over intellectual property has been a divisive sticking point within the libertarian community for some time. The framers of the U.S. Constitution recognized, for what appear to be purely pragmatic reasons, that some level of patents should be

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America’s Electronic Police State

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Intellectual Property, Regulation.
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Reprinted from The modern surveillance state is referred to as an electronic police state because it uses technology to monitor people in order to detect and punish dissent. The authorities exert social control through spying, harsh law enforcement, and

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The Impossibility of Owning Sound

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by posted in Intellectual Property, Music, Philosophy.
nail-strumming teaser

A lot of libertarians get confused when it comes to copyright law and the legitimacy of enforcing it. Being fervent evangelists for property and private ownership, they believe that copyright laws somehow protect the property of the copyright holder. Most

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Patents and Birdmen

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Intellectual Property, Law.

In his new book “Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtis, and the Battle to Control the Skies”, Lawrence Goldstone tells the story of the feud between America´s two early air pioneers.  The interesting part of the book is not the

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Scarcity, Monopoly, and Intellectual Property

Monday, April 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Intellectual Property.
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Reprinted from A Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property.By Butler Shaffer. Mises Institute, 2013. 62 pages. Few topics in recent years have aroused as much interest among libertarians as intellectual property. What place, if any, would IP — patents, copyrights,

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Intellectual Property and Comparative Advantage

Monday, March 24th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Intellectual Property.

People like Intellectual Property laws because they do not grasp how we, ourselves, are beneficiaries of other people’s productivity. We have a tendency to sue and chase after people who “stole ideas”. We praise “originality” and demonize copying, because we

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Copyright Law Reform? Elementary.

Monday, January 6th, 2014 by posted in Intellectual Property.

Good news for all you aspiring fan fiction writers out there! At long last, 125 years after Arthur Conan Doyle first set pen to paper to craft “A Study in Scarlet,” the beloved detective archetype “Sherlock Holmes” is entering the

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Copyrights and Lyric Sites

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by posted in Intellectual Property.

Ever since Napster made all of us reconsider our preconceived notions about music distribution, and indeed, the nature of music storage itself, artists have been in a tizzy over copyright violations. It’s understandable. They fear that their incomes are being

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A Rejoinder to LaSorsa: The Historical Intentions of Copyright

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by posted in History, Intellectual Property, Law, Uncategorized.

Recently, Brian LaSorsa wrote an article for the Mises Daily titled, “Lawyers, Film, and Money: Copyrighting the First Movies.” It opens up with the statement, “Copyright originated hundreds of years ago as a legal and economic tool meant to protect

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Hacking Law and Governance with Startup Cities

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Intellectual Property.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Outside of Stockholm, vandals and vines have taken over Eastman Kodak’s massive factories. The buildings are cold metal husks, slowly falling down and surrendering to nature.  The walls are covered in colorful (and sometimes vulgar) spray

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Does Innovation Require the Patent Office?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Intellectual Property.
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Reprinted from Laissez Faire Today Two years ago, I spoke to a gentlemen who had started and sold four companies. He was currently working on a new project that sounded very promising (for all I know, he has already sold


Intellectual Property: A Classical Liberal and a Libertarian Assessment

Monday, April 1st, 2013 by posted in Intellectual Property, Law, Philosophy, Regulation.

Many contemporary theorists and commentators frame the question of intellectual property as a question of ownership over ideas. In this framework, a new product is seen as an embodiment of a new idea. Producing multiple copies of a new product is

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Cleaning Up After Robert Wenzel’s Drive-By Against IP

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by posted in Intellectual Property, Law.
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The following is adapted from a recent presentation at a Mises Toronto Pub night. Let me start off by saying I have a lot respect for Robert Wenzel. Robert Wenzel is the editor and publisher of, a very popular—and


Paul’s Mistake on

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by posted in Intellectual Property, Law, Philosophy.
Ron Paul

*Update- In light of Lew Rockwell’s recent post and Robert Wenzel’s article, I will address new concerns soon in another piece. I also thank Wenzel for his response as libertarianism is a political theory that, like other theories, needs discussed


Mises Meet in Toronto this Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by posted in Events, Intellectual Property, Uncategorized.

If you’re in the Toronto area, come out to the Pauper’s Pub this Tuesday, February 5th, at 7 p.m.! Come meet other Austrian- and libertarian-minded people in the city and share your gripes against fiat money and passion for private

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The Nonviolent Black Market in Information

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 by and posted in Economics, Intellectual Property, Music.
Pirate Bay

[Originally posted on, Wednesday, July 21st, 2010] Unlike most black markets, the black market for information is characterized by peace and stability. There is a near-perfect harmony between the supply and the demand for movies, music, songs, and other

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