Category Archives: Intellectual Property

ayn rand’s ridiculous intellectual property ideas

Ayn Rand was generally pro-freedom. That would be freedom from coercion by the state. But one of her biggest economics failings was her adherence to copyright law. From Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal: Patents and copyrights are the legal implementation of … Continue reading

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patents did not cause the industrial revolution

From Deirdre McCloskey’s The Bourgeois Dignity (p 302-4): British patents were very expensive, a minimum of £100 (a respectable lower-middle class annual income at the time) and requiring many months of attendance on law courts in London. Therefore they were … Continue reading

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making the state irrelevant

Politicians consistently attempt to control every aspect of life. They wish to tell us what to eat, what we can and can’t buy, who we can do business with, who we must do business with, and an entire host of … Continue reading

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the christian case against copyright

The Bible does not teach intellectual property. Copyright and patents did not exist in ancient Israel (or the rest of the ancient world). Instead they are a modern conception, forced into the Bible by modern Christians who think that their ways are higher than God’s. Instead of defending property rights, they destroy property rights to further their need to control people. They are like the Pharisees who built man made laws on top of God’s laws. Let Matthew 15:8 be the warning: Continue reading

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the first intellectual property pirate

It can be argued that the first documented IP pirate converted an entire nation and saved literature at the same time. Columba should be held as a modern hero for these acts. Continue reading

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prosperity that might not have been

Image a world in which McCarthy could not find that pre-existing self-service store, or imagine a world in which that first store filled the patent. Patents destroy innovation and retard the standard of living. Continue reading

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mises on copyright enslavement

Copyrights/trademarks and patents are a luddite invention holding people in slavery. Copyright in a digital age is uncalculably damaging, as illustrated in these images Continue reading

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