When Concerns Of Cultural Appropriation Risk Supporting Intellectual Property
The latest entry in panics over social justice comes from my hometown, where some folks have created a list shaming restaurants and foodcarts that were owned by white people but sold “non-European international cuisine.” One of the more annoying restaurants on that list has now closed as a result of hate mail. While the existence of…
“Intellectual Property” Keeps Right On Killing
Habitual apologists for agribusiness like Reason‘s Ron Bailey gushingly cite studies that show glyphosate, the “active ingredient” in Roundup, is unlikely to cause cancer in the concentrations that appear in supermarket produce. But as it turns out, the focus on glyphosate may actually have been a distraction. There’s evidence (“New Evidence About the Dangers of…
“Intellectual Property” Just Keeps Getting Deadlier
You may be familiar with the role of proprietary automobile diagnostic software in enforcing a repair cartel of the Big Auto manufacturers, dealership mechanics, and auto repair chains and big garages that can afford to license the software. By using closed software that makes it impossible for an independent party to access it, or open…
How “Intellectual Property” Impedes Competition on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents Kevin Carson‘s contribution to Part 7 of Markets Not Capitalism: “How ‘Intellectual Property’ Impedes Competition,” read by Stephanie Murphy and edited by Nick Ford. The levels of invasiveness required by “intellectual property,” in the digital age, cannot be exaggerated. The intrusive DRM embedded in proprietary media, and the draconian legislation criminalizing…
“Intellectual Property” Kills on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents Kevin Carson‘s “‘Intellectual Property’ Kills’” read by Mike Godzina and edited by Nick Ford. The key agenda at the center of all the so-called “free trade agreements” is the imposition, at the behest of the giant corporations that depend on “intellectual property” monopolies for their profits, of a form of protectionism…
IP Czar Admits Hamiltonian Nature of “Intellectual Property” on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents Kevin Carson‘s “IP Czar Admits Hamiltonian Nature of ‘Intellectual Property’” read by Mike Godzina and edited by Nick Ford. Genuine productivity and progress destroys GDP. In a free economy, here’s how it should work: Profit is self-liquidating, and increased efficiency of producing things with less labor and capital — or even…
IP Czar Admits Hamiltonian Nature of “Intellectual Property”
In an April 24 speech, new “Intellectual Property” Czar Danny Marti confessed that the whole point of federal IP policy is to inflate nominal GDP and corporate profits by maximizing what monopolists are able to charge for stuff. He didn’t mean to state it that baldly, of course. But that’s what it amounts to —…
How “Intellectual Property” Impedes Competition on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents “How “Intellectual Property” Impedes Competition” from the book Markets Not Capitalism, written by Kevin Carson, read by Stephanie Murphy and edited by Nick Ford. Since intellectual property is not necessary to encourage innovation, this means that its main practical effect is to cause economic inefficiency by levying a monopoly charge on the use of existing…
“Intellectual Property” Kills
The New York Times revealed April 7 (Bernice Dahn, “Yes, We Were Warned About Ebola“) that there was adequate prior warning of an Ebola outbreak in Liberia, but nobody drew the proper conclusion from the data and acted on it because the necessary information was all hidden behind academic journal paywalls. An article in Annals…
“Intellectual Property” is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents Thomas L. Knapp‘s “‘Intellectual Property’ is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” read by Erick Vasconcelos and edited by Nick Ford. I came late to the news of Twitpic‘s impending (and thankfully partial) closure and even later to an explanation for it. … That may not seem like a big deal but it was,…
I Thought Monopoly Was the Whole Point of “Intellectual Property” on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents Kevin Carson‘s “I Thought Monopoly Was the Whole Point of ‘Intellectual Property‘” read by Christopher B. King and edited by Nick Ford. Bear in mind that DRM itself — Digital Rights Management — was adopted at the behest of music companies, who saw anti-copying protections on proprietary content as central to their business model….
The Libertarian Case Against Intellectual Property on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents “The Libertarian Case Against Intellectual Property” from the book Markets Not Capitalism, written by Roderick Long, read by Stephanie Murphy and edited by Nick Ford. Some will say that such rights are needed in order to give artists and inventors the financial incentive to create. But most of the great innovators in history operated without…
I Thought Monopoly Was the Whole Point of “Intellectual Property”
In one of the weirdest permutations of “intellectual property” ever (Mike Masnick, “Apple Facing Trial Over Whether Its Use Of DRM Violated Antitrust Laws,” Techdirt, October 6), Apple may end up in court for anti-trust violations because its iTunes Digital Rights Management code gave it monopoly power back in the day. The US District Court for…
“Intellectual Property” is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
I came late to the news of Twitpic‘s impending (and thankfully partial) closure and even later to an explanation for it. My initial assumption was that the service had failed to turn a profit and become financially insolvent. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is, in the worst way, all about “intellectual property.” And it significantly and negatively impacts…
Jaron Lanier, “Intellectual Property” and Parasitism on the System of Violence
Over-35s seem to love nothing more than being told that the Internet — and the rapid cultural developments that have paralleled it — have been a terrible mistake with huge downsides that will surely doom us. And there’s no end to the opportunistic hacks lining up to dress this generational reactionary spasm as the contrarian…
Is “Intellectual Property” a Necessary Incentive?
Download: “Intellectual Property”: A Libertarian Critique I. The Ethics of “Intellectual Property” II. Privilege as Economic Irrationality III. “Intellectual Property” and the Structure of the American Domestic Economy IV. “Intellectual Property” and the Global Economy V. “Intellectual Property,” Business Models and Product Design VI. Is “Intellectual Property” a Necessary Incentive? Advocates for “intellectual property” defend it as necessary to encourage innovation, asking…
“Intellectual Property,” Business Models and Product Design
Download: “Intellectual Property”: A Libertarian Critique I. The Ethics of “Intellectual Property” II. Privilege as Economic Irrationality III. “Intellectual Property” and the Structure of the American Domestic Economy IV. “Intellectual Property” and the Global Economy V. “Intellectual Property,” Business Models and Product Design VI. Is “Intellectual Property” a Necessary Incentive? Earlier, we quoted Murray Rothbard’s observation that the enforcement of “intellectual property” rights…
“Intellectual Property” and the Global Economy
Download: “Intellectual Property”: A Libertarian Critique I. The Ethics of “Intellectual Property” II. Privilege as Economic Irrationality III. “Intellectual Property” and the Structure of the American Domestic Economy IV. “Intellectual Property” and the Global Economy V. “Intellectual Property,” Business Models and Product Design VI. Is “Intellectual Property” a Necessary Incentive? In the contemporary global economy, “intellectual property” plays the same protectionist role…
“Intellectual Property” and the Structure of the American Domestic Economy
Download: “Intellectual Property”: A Libertarian Critique I. The Ethics of “Intellectual Property” II. Privilege as Economic Irrationality III. “Intellectual Property” and the Structure of the American Domestic Economy IV. “Intellectual Property” and the Global Economy V. “Intellectual Property,” Business Models and Product Design VI. Is “Intellectual Property” a Necessary Incentive? Patents promoted the stable control of markets by oligopoly firms through the…
The Ethics of “Intellectual Property”
Download: “Intellectual Property”: A Libertarian Critique I. The Ethics of “Intellectual Property” II. Privilege as Economic Irrationality III. “Intellectual Property” and the Structure of the American Domestic Economy IV. “Intellectual Property” and the Global Economy V. “Intellectual Property,” Business Models and Product Design VI. Is “Intellectual Property” a Necessary Incentive? “Intellectual property” is a contentious issue among libertarians. Among the individualist anarchists alone,…
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