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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

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Paul’s Mistake on

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by posted in Intellectual Property, Law, Philosophy.
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*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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Austrian AV Club – Stephan Kinsella

Austrian AV Club – Stephan Kinsella

Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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The Nonviolent Black Market in Information

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 by and posted in Economics, Intellectual Property, Music.
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[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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How Intellectual Property Hampers the Free Market

Monday, January 16th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Intellectual Property, Regulation.

[Originally published in The Freeman, Volume 61, Issue 5, June 2011] Advocates of free-market capitalism commonly believe in the legitimacy of intellectual property (IP) because IP rights are thought to be important to a system of private property. But are


What’s Really Wrong with the Healthcare Industry

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Law, Regulation.
Uncle Sam is Sick

Originally Posted on, Wednesday, May 26th, 2010. On May 3, 2010, I gave a talk to a class of students studying public health policy at the University of Washington. I began the talk by asking the students how many


Myth Busting in Kosovo

Kosovo is Europe’s newest country after declaring independence from Serbia in 2008. It is at the same time Europe’s poorest country—with unemployment approaching a staggering 49% and around 30% of the population living below the “poverty line.” However, as bad

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Does Ayn Rand and her Objectivist philosophy support Austrian economics, libertarianism and Anarcho-capitalism? NO!

In response to an earlier post, Redmond wrote: Say what you will about Rand – many people who I have met who are interested in the Austrian School came to it through Ayn Rand. And they are young enough that


The Napster Experiment

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 by posted in Economics, Intellectual Property, Law.

There is  a debate among libertarians as to whether claims to intellectual property rights ought to be maintained. A key argument made by those in favor of such rights is that they are necessary to encourage the production of  scientific


Wendy McElroy: Ominous Copyright Ruling Stands

The following was originally posted by Wendy McElroy on The Freeman blog site at: In my view, Wendy (a Canadian) is this country’s greatest living libertarian treasure. She has written on the absurdity of “intellectual property” since at least 1980


Clearing Up the Copyright Confusion: Fair Dealing and Bill C-32

Friday, December 17th, 2010 by posted in Intellectual Property, Politics.

Fair dealing has played a prominent role in the hearings on Bill C-32, with education and creator groups debating the merits and impact of the proposed reforms.  Unfortunately, much of the discussion has confused rather than clarified the issue with misleading

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