Against Monopoly

defending the right to innovate

Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.

Copyright Notice: We don't think much of copyright, so you can do what you want with the content on this blog. Of course we are hungry for publicity, so we would be pleased if you avoided plagiarism and gave us credit for what we have written. We encourage you not to impose copyright restrictions on your "derivative" works, but we won't try to stop you. For the legally or statist minded, you can consider yourself subject to a Creative Commons Attribution License.


Introducing Your New Guest Blogger

Thanks to David K. Levine (no relation to me) and the rest of the gang here at Againstmonopoly.org for inviting me on as a guest blogger.

Brief background about myself: I produce a radio show in Los Angeles. I am also a licensed attorney who still occasionally dabbles in law on the side (mainly in defamation defense - but also with some experience in copyright infringement defense). Before that, I worked in film and television post-production which helped to form my views that current IP schemes overburden artists and stifle creativity.

I have previously guest blogged for other sites, including: Patterico.com, The Southern California Law Blog, and Calblog.com. I still occasionally guest blog for the first two sites listed, but I thought it best to bring over my posts about IP to this site for the sake of thematic consistency within blogs. If you still have an interest in other areas of law and/or media bias - feel free to check out those sites as well.

I have previously written a series of posts concerning IP entitled The Tyranny of Copyright Law, The Tyranny of Trademark Law, The Tyranny of Patent Law, and the (somewhat related) Coming Legal Superstorm Against Bloggers. [Each post is a multi-part series that is often spread out over multiple blog sites. Click on the links and they will provide further links to other parts of the respective series.]

I welcome all feedback and debate regarding my posts and the ideas that are generally put forth by this site. I know that many readers of the other blogs I have written for have a difficult time accepting the difference between real (tangible) property and so-called intellectual property. They would often roast me over the coals in their comments with delightfully amusing abuse. I hope that they will follow me over to this site on occasion to continue it (and in that process, hopefully become exposed to some new ideas that will change their thinking over time).



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