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Another Patent Tax

Taxes and SpendingInterventionismMonopoly and Competition


Just when you thought taxes and patents could not get any worse: Bush's Top Economist Seeks Patent on His Own Tax Strategy (9/13/2007) reports on a patent application for a...

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Open Source Patents

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition


Some companies are engaging in very creative maneuvering around the omnipresent threat of patents. The Open Invention Network (OIN), for example (Wiki entry), is a type of...

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The Truth About Labor Day

InterventionismMonopoly and CompetitionProduction Theory


Labor Day is supposed to honor all American workers. And every year, union Labor Day rhetoric does just that. Unfortunately, it then makes the false leap to the claim that unions advance the interests of all American working men and women, not just their members. In fact, despite unions' pro-...

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

Legal SystemWorld HistoryMonopoly and Competition


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 ought to be a...

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

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition


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


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 suburban food hysteria. But...

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Is the Open Source Movement Libertarian?

Legal SystemMonopoly and CompetitionValue and Exchange


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


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" isn't...
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Trademarks and Free Speech

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition


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' sticker...

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