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[News] Mises Institute Slams Notion of "Intellectual Property"

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The Fallacy of Intellectual Property

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| Intellectual property violates the libertarian principles of homesteading and 
| exchange, and it makes no sense as a right at all without the assumption of 
| an omniscient and omnipotent organization willing to enforce it. Unlike 
| homesteading and exchange, intellectual property is not something that anyone 
| can reasonably expect to be able to defend and control.    


Oh yeah... Mises and those "freetards", eh?

Patents: Horizontal vs Vertical Innovation

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| Patents promote horizontal innovation, but restrict vertical innovation. 
| Without patents we will have more vertical innovation but less horizontal 
| innovation. Even if Horizontal and Vertical Innovations are equally good in 
| terms of their merits, one thing is clear, without patents, a lot more people 
| will be able to use the technology, this is some place where a patent-less 
| society will beat a pro-patent society hands down.     
| Just like if words were copyrighted, and you required a license to use the 
| words, we would have had a LOT of innovation (horizontal) in terms of 
| development of language and you required a license from John Locke's estate 
| to use the term 'liberty', there would have been billions of words in English 
| (a lot of them doing the same thing what others do), but a lot less number of 
| people would be educated, and most of our brain cells would have been wasted 
| on keeping track of 15 different terms for 'liberty', and 'passion'.       



Pirate Bay Block Violates Democratic Principles, ISP Says

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| Norwayâs largest Internet provider âTelenorâ was dragged to court by the
| movie and music industries last month, after it refused an earlier request to
| disable customer access to The Pirate Bay. Today, Telenor explains why it
| didnât cave in to the legal pressure and says it wants the courts to rule on
| the issue instead.


Stephen Fry on copyright

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| At an event in London last night, the writer, actor, and gadget fan Stephen
| Fry launched a surprisingly ferocious attack on the music and movie
| industries over the way they have acted to defend their copyright.


Richard Marx (!) attacks RIAA after $1.92M Thomas verdict

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| Jammie Thomas-Rasset was held liable to sharing 24 songs, including one by
| pop crooner Richard Marx. But the lawsuit wasn't done in Marx's nameâthis
| week, he called out the recording industry's "greedy actions."


Moby: The RIAA Needs to be Disbanded

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| The two million dollar fine handed out to Jammie Thomas by a Minnesota jury
| this week hasnât done the music industryâs image much good. While lawyers and
| high level managers at the major labels cracked open the Champagne, artists
| such as Moby and Radiohead shook their heads in shame at what the music world
| has become.

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