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Thoughts on the Great IP Debate

•, by Marc Clair
 The Libertarian Internet Geek Community, of which I consider myself a card-carrying member, has been embroiled in heated debate over the last few weeks on the subject of intellectual property. This debate was sparked by Robert Wenzel’s challenges on his blog at Economic Policy Journal to what many had presumed was the libertarian consensus on intellectual property. This “consensus” view – the one most associated libertarian patent attorney Stephan Kinsella – is that the very concept of “intellectual property” is fraudulent and a creation of the State, and serves only to stifle freedom and creativity in the marketplace.

This view is so prevalent that until very recently one would be hard pressed to find much opposition to it within the libertarian movement. In fact, we ourselves criticized Ron and Rand Paul’s “Technology Revolution Manifesto” for it’s support of IP.

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