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Online Publish Date: October 15, 2005
The International Herald Tribune imagines a world without copyright. The article discusses the use of copyright today as "the tool that conglomerates in the music, publishing, imaging, and movie industries use to control their markets."The authors understand the core of the issue as they state that "[c]ultural monopolists desperately want us to believe that without copyright their would be no...
Online Publish Date: January 18, 2010
The upcoming documentary, Copyright Criminals, shows how copyright has outrageously criminalized the use of sampling, which has been disproportionately popular in hip hop music. In this, it calls to mind the racially disproportionate impact of drug laws on minorities…Copyright Criminals – Trailer from IndiePix on Vimeo.
Online Publish Date: March 22, 2008
Quite an interesting blog entry about and net neutrality. Paul Sweeting summarizes various views espoused by academic economists during a video policy symposium. Some highlights:"Copyright is a very big issue in the legal world today, but in the business world, when you talk to consumers about protecting copyrights, it's a dead issue," he said. "It's gone. If you have a business model based on...
Online Publish Date: May 16, 2008
While IP may not stimulate true innovation and creativity, Hayek suggests that copyright might stimulate something more pernicious: the intellectual class. In "The Intellectuals and Socialism," he writes:In the sense in which we are using the term, the intellectuals are in fact a fairly new phenomenon of history. Though nobody will regret that education has ceased to be a privilege of the...
Online Publish Date: August 18, 2009
Here is an example of what I write about frequently, copyright renewals that doom a book to obscurity, books that hardly anyone cares about for which the rights owner is not obvious but desperately need to be put online. The case in point is Methodology of the Social Sciences by Felix Kauffman, a member of the Mises Circle (the guy who wrote all the songs too). It was published in German in 1936...
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Published 2018 by the Mises Institute. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License.http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ Mises Institute518 West Magnolia Ave.Auburn, Ala. 36832mises.org hardback edition: 978-1-61016-683-6paperback edition: 978-1-61016-684-3large print edition: 978-1-61016-685-0epub edition: 978-1-61016-...
Online Publish Date: February 10, 2011
Whenever I give talks on IP, I use the now-common example of fashion as an industry that is super-profitable, super-competitive, super-innovative very fast moving and yet is not governed by the IP, which is to say that it lives and thrives in a free market. But I’ve variously pointed out too that if IP were suddenly available, we could fully expect that the largest players (or what are now called...
Online Publish Date: January 14, 2009
Often we opponents of socialistic, legislatively-created, utilitarian-based, property-redistributing, artificial, arbitrary, inconsistent, irrational, innovation-hampering, monopolistic, anti-competitive, and wealth-destroying intellectual property laws are accused of hypocrisy when we “copyright” our articles and books.I’ve pointed out to such people innumerable times, to little avail, that...
Online Publish Date: January 24, 2004
The New York Times Magazine has a thoughtful article examining some of the current debate around copyright, and how it is now being increasingly used to prevent embarrasing or controversial views from being aired.
Online Publish Date: September 6, 2009
Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars, by copyright lawyer William Patry (see his related blog), was just released. Currently Senior Copyright Counsel at Google, Inc., Patry had a well-known copyright law blog, which he terminated last year, because he found the current state of copyright law too depressing to blog abou (as I posted about previously). So one might hope for a decent take on the...
Online Publish Date: November 8, 2004
As I pointed out recently, IP rights such as copyright and patent in effect grant the holder the right to control the property and bodies of other people (see p. 44 of this article; p. 862 of this article). This is illustrated by the case of Samuel Beckett and his 1953 play "Waiting for Godot" (discussed and parodied in Waiting for Opradot, by PatNews's Gregory Aharonian). As Aharonian points out...
Online Publish Date: December 8, 2010
I’ve blogged before some recent findings comparing creativity and innovation in Germany and England during a period of time when Germany had little or no copyright law. (See Frank Thadeusz, No Copyright Law: The Real Reason for Germany’s Industrial Expansion? and the German version, Explosion of knowledge, der Spiegel; Jeff Tucker, Germany and Its Industrial Rise: Due to No Copyright; and my post...
Online Publish Date: August 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" isn't just a searing critique of how administrations over the past 40 years have manipulated the media to build support for war. The 72-minute film is a media provocation itself — a challenge to...
Online Publish Date: June 8, 2011
In his brilliant article on “The Intellectuals and Socialism,” Friedrich Hayek suggests a strong causal connection between copyright laws and socialism. In discussing the development of the intellectual class, whom he characterizes as “secondhanders in ideas” and inherently inclined to promote socialism, Hayek writes:One of the most important points that would have to be examined in such a...
Online Publish Date: June 19, 2006
Law professors Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins have produced a comic book Bound By Law? Tales From the Public Domain which gives good examples of some of the terrible barriers copyright law has placed in the way of documentary filmmakers. Though these authors are not radicals or very principled (and of course, like mainstreamers, their approach is soft-utilitarian), the piece helps...
Online Publish Date: May 22, 2007
I know some people think the Galambosian described and ridiculed in Jerome Tuccille's It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand [recounted here; see also discussion here, here, and here] is fictional; likewise incredible are the more extreme advocates of intellectual property (discussed here), among them Spooner, Galambos, Ayn Rand, and Neil Schulman. As I noted in my longer IP article, most IP advocates...
Online Publish Date: June 16, 2005
Dues to threats of copyright infringement lawsuits, this bakery now refuses to customize birthday cakes with the kids' beloved images, e.g. if a kid wants a Nemo cake, too bad. After all, how dare that little hooligan punk kid want to "steal" the "property" of Disney et al.? What right does he have to have an orange fish on his cake? The Bill of Rights does not say anything at all about a right-...
Online Publish Date: May 10, 2011
It is obvious to advocates of liberty that modern communications and technology–cell phones, twitter, texting, video, youtube, email, and the Internet–are crucially important in the fight to delegitimze, expose, and fight against the state. Of course the state always works to hijack and corrupt various institutions and aspects of life in order to increase its control and power. As I discuss here...
Online Publish Date: April 14, 2005
...as reported in this excellent piece, Whose music is it anyway?, by Norman Lebrecht. Lebrecht reports some absurd outcomes of copyright law, the application of which threatens to limit the availability of treasured classic music recordings. But Lebrecht missteps when he concludes, "That is what judges are there to stop. Whoever ends up owning what, the law must make common sense and must ensure...
Online Publish Date: September 15, 2011
One of my favorite podcasts, Triangulation, featured in the latest episode an interview with the great John Perry Barlow–former member of the Grateful Dead (an innovator in viral marketing), IP opponent and activist for Internet freedom. (See his classic 1994 Wired article,”The Economy of Ideas: A framework for patents and copyrights in the Digital Age,” discussed here on the Mises blog; also in...