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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


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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And Then There’s You

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by posted in History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized.
atlas teaser

When you’re a kid, you pretty much take for granted that the world is a coherent place, filled with rational individuals who know what they’re doing. Why not think the opposite you might ask? I mean, whenever you meet new


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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Government Grants Make Art Worse

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 by posted in Capitalism, Lifestyle, Music, Philosophy.
Thanks for nothing Canada Council...

Originally posted at Huffington Post Canada There are many Canadian books and albums that no one is ever likely to buy. Unfortunately — whether you like it or not — you’ve already paid for them. While the world lauds Margaret