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Is Intellectual Property the Key to Success?

"Is Intellectual Property the Key to Success?" by Jeffrey Tucker is posted at the Ludwig von Mises Institute website. A sample:

Merchants are free to attempt to create artificial scarcity, and that is what happens when a company keeps it codes private or photographers put watermarks on their images online. Proprietary and "open-source" products can live and prosper side-by-side, as we learn from any drug store that offers both branded and generic goods inches apart on the shelves.

But what you are not permitted to do in a free market is use violence in the attempt to create an artificial scarcity, which is all that IP legislation really does. Benjamin Tucker said in the 19th century that if you want your invention to yourself, the only way is to keep it off the market. That remains true today.

So consider a world without trademark, copyright, or patents. It would still be a world with innovation perhaps far more of it. And yes, there would still be profits due to those who are entrepreneurial. Perhaps there would be a bit less profit for litigators and IP lawyers but is this a bad thing?

Trademark Infringement? Identity Theft? You Decide

Following on David's post about trademarks below, here is the story of the Anti-Defamation League's campaign against groups using "Anti-Defamation League" as a title, including the Anarchists Anti- Defamation League.
The Anti-Defamation League was helped by some court decisions that lowered the bar in determining what constitutes exclusive use of trade names. Its real name is the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. How on earth anyone could confuse it with the National Mexican American Anti-Defamation Committee or the American Italian Anti-Defamation League, Inc. or the Anarchists Anti-Defamation League is a mystery only a solon could unravel. And we know there are plenty of solons on the bench all over America.


   

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