Joren De Wachter, a European software lawyer and IP strategist, sent me a link to his new book The Wealth of Ideas, subtitled “why we need free trade in ideas, rather than the mercantilist tax on innovation we call ‘intellectual property rights'”. It can be downloaded for free from his site; hard copy and kindle versions are also available. De Wachter “compare[s] IP with mercantilism. It is linked to the idea that ‘freedom of enterprise’ means ‘freedom to copy’.”
It’s great to see more and more people recognizing the need to abolish patent and copyright.
De Wachter also has a TEDx Leuven talk on this, below.