Let’s Abolish Copyrights and Patents

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Yesterday I had a chance to participate in a debate on whether we should abolish copyrights and patents at Whittier Law School. For those who are interested, here’s the audio.

I only had 15 minutes to make my case, and I wouldn’t expect to persuade anyone to the anti-IP position in such a short time. But perhaps I provoked some people to at least begin to reconsider whether we need government to grant these monopoly privileges — and to check out the important work on this subject by Stephan Kinsella and economists Michele Boldrin and David Levine. For an introduction, you can also read the chapter on “The Fight Against Intellectual Property” from my book, Libertarianism Today, courtesy of the Mises Institute.

1:21 pm on April 16, 2011