On the comments to a Mises Blog post, one perennial amateur IP shill argues that “IP infringement can indeed take something real and tangible (specifically, usable energy)”. Ah. I see. Calling innocent people “pirates” didn’t work, so I guess now they’ll start calling them “energy vampires” or something.
IP infringement, of course, just means violating an artificial state monopolistic grant of privilege to use a given pattern. Amazing how if the state happens to protect one type of pattern by law, some energy theft occurs when people use that pattern, but this energy drain doesn’t occur when there is no “IP infringement,” that is, when the state has not defined it as such. So the laws of physics bow to the legislative definitions of the state. Just another example of how IP is bound up with legal positivism.