[ExI] Intellectual Property — A Libertarian Critique

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Thu May 14 04:47:00 UTC 2009

Intellectual Property — A Libertarian Critique

tl;dr, but it looks interesting.

"In this study, Kevin Carson reviews libertarian perspectives on
“intellectual property”; the ethics of the practice itself and the
harms resulting from it. He finds that IP is an artificial, rather
than natural, property right; creating scarcity rather than managing
it. In that capacity, it has acted as an unjust and irrational state
subsidy to corporate capitalism — distorting markets, doing violence
to the concept of real property rights, forcibly transfering wealth to
parasitic cartels and generally having a pernicious impact on the US
domestic and global economies that is difficult to overstate. He
concludes by debunking the myth of IP as supposedly necessary for
incentive reasons."

The full paper:


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