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Let's Bring Back the Good Old Days of English Patents

Legal SystemWorld HistoryMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/31/2007

It's somewhat striking that modern libertarian advocates of patent rights seem blithely unaware of the utterly monopolistic, completely unlibertarian origin of "patent grants" by English monarchs. At the very least, they...

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Who owns the copyright to cut-up jeans or low-rise pants?

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/30/2007

Or better yet, what do the fashion and dining industries have in common?

Neither has traditionally been protected via IP laws.

Yet while conventional wisdom suggests that IP regimes are a necessary condition for both invention and innovation, the fashion and dining industries thrive...

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Chicken-Salad Chick Shut Down

Big GovernmentInterventionismMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/29/2007

Last night, a lady from my neighborhood just delivered her last pint of chicken salad to my door. Her chicken salad—made by "The Chicken Salad Chick"—has been all the rage, with everyone in the neighborhood forking over for this stuff.

It's a classic case of a...

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Is the Open Source Movement Libertarian?

Legal SystemMonopoly and CompetitionValue and Exchange

Blog08/24/2007

Yesterday the president of the Open Source Initiative attempted to show how the philosophy underscoring the open-source movement and libertarianism are best pals.

But can they even be enemies?

The problem with his argument, along with...

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"Fair Use" and Copyright

Legal SystemInterventionismMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/17/2007

Media Critic Solomon Pushes Limits of Fair-Use in New Documentary provides a good illustration of how flawed the entire notion of copyright is. This piece reports that:

The new documentary "War Made Easy...

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Trademarks and Free Speech

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/08/2007

The chilling effect of copyright law on free speech is well known; but it's not the only IP law that affects free speech. Jindal campaign to keep passing out 'Tigers'...

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The Coming Software Patent Apocalypse

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/05/2007

Interesting post about software patents. Explains that even companies that oppose software patents, such as Oracle Corporation and Red Hat, still file for and receive software patents—they must do so for defensive purposes...

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Revisiting some problems with patents

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/02/2007

I was recently talking with a very intelligent fellow patent attorney, and we got around to the subject of policy issues. One thing led to another and he discovered, and was a bit shocked by, myt opposition to patent and copyright. He was interested in some further information on the topics we...

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Feds Eye Google

Legal SystemInterventionismMonopoly and Competition

Blog07/24/2007

Declan McCullagh writes of the growing sense that Google will become the target of antitrust intervention. For the primer on why such attacks are unnecessary and destructive, see...

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