Comments on: The Corrosive Effects of IP Property - Prosperity - Peace Sat, 09 May 2015 08:06:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Andrei Mincov Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:48:43 +0000 Stephan’s position is incompatible with freedom and individual rights.

While on is correct to criticize today’s intellectual property laws which are indeed drafted in the form of a government grant aimed at reaching some mythical “balance of interests between creators and the public”, there is really no reason why one free individual should have a right to use something that would not have existed other than through another free individual’s creative work, against the wishes of the creator.

Interests of the public and “culture” are completely irrelevant. They are nothing more than manifestations of collectivism, whereby interests of the public take precedence over interests of individuals.

I explain these issues more fully in my articles: Modernization of the Inconceivable ( and Copyright and the Great Socialist Degradation (

By: ricketson Thu, 26 May 2011 02:37:33 +0000 I’ve likewise had some thoughts along these lines — how copyright is anti-conservative. It makes “newness” profitable, meaning that there is constant promotion of new works, while older works drift into obscurity. There is incentive to produce and promote music that is “catchy” — whether through repetitive melodies or suggestive/controversial lyrics… subtle and intricate beauty is not profitable in this environment. To top it off, because copyright does not have a fixed term (e.g. LIFE + 70), older works often exist in a legal limbo where its not clear if their copyright has expired, but it also isn’t clear who retains copyright.
Of course, this is all speculative– but if we care about culture, we should think about the implications of copyright and whether we really want a system that places a priority on cultural innovation, possible at the expense of cultural conservation.
That’s to say nothing about how it affects economic equality, or the balance between commercial (centralized) culture and a folk (or distributed) culture.

By: Robert Wicks Wed, 25 May 2011 11:56:14 +0000 I highly recommend Roderick Long’s The Libertarian Case Against Intellectual Property and Stephan Kinsella’s Against Intellectual Property for additional principled arguments against IP.

By: William Howcott Wed, 25 May 2011 03:54:23 +0000 Very interesting and well written article. It’s the first time I’ve heard intellectual property described (accurately) as a government sanctioned and enforced monopoly. I’m off to your website now to see what else you have to offer.

Major William H. Howcott
USAF Retired