The fight against intellectual property

posted by
March 3, 2011
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jacob H. Huebert  
Posted in Commentary

"To call the ideas protected by patents and copyrights 'property' is misleading. Historically, 'property rights' referred only to interests in real property (land, buildings) and personal property (tangible objects). This kind of property right existed before there even were governments, as people homesteaded land, produced goods, and traded. Government came into existence later, to protect these property rights; it didn't invent them. Intellectual property has origins that are far different and far more recent." (03/02/11)  

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