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IP as Censorship

Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.





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"Courts have still been very hesitant to enjoin speech in libel, obscenity and even national security contexts. The plaintiffs in libel cases are often private citizens - not government figures. Why the courts choose to ignore their own dictates on the unconstitutionality of prior restraints in the context of IP cases is beyond me."

That's funny. It's not beyond me at all. The plaintiffs in libel and obscenity cases tend to be private individuals, and in national security cases the government. The plaintiffs in IP cases, on the contrary, tend to be big businesses -- record labels, book publishers, movie studios, and so forth. Big business has bought the US government, the US courts, and state governments.

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