I’ve spoken and published on IP theory so much, even I have trouble figuring out which of my various presentations is the best. I still agree with my Against Intellectual Property (published originally 2001) but it has some extraneous information I would now delete, is slightly dated, and I have in the meantime tightened up the language used in the argument and found a few additional arguments. Plus it’s fairly long.
I did a 2009 piece The Case Against IP: A Concise Guide, but it is really too concise to present the argument—it’s more of a guide to the literature on this topic.
In a way I think the best case against IP is encapsulated in this short post: Intellectual Property Rights as Negative Servitudes.
Among my longer recent articles, the best pieces are:
1. “Law and Intellectual Property in a Stateless Society,” Libertarian Papers 5 (1) (2013): 1-44
2. “The Case Against Intellectual Property,” in Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics (Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge, ed.; Springer, 2013) (chapter 68, in Part 18, “Property Rights: Material and Intellectual,” Robert McGee, section ed.)
3. “Intellectual Freedom and Learning Versus Patent and Copyright,” Economic Notes No. 113 (Libertarian Alliance, Jan. 18, 2011) (also published as “Intellectual Freedom and Learning Versus Patent and Copyright,” The Libertarian Standard, Jan. 19, 2011)
4. “Intellectual Property and Libertarianism,” Mises Daily (Nov. 17, 2009); earlier version (without endnotes) published as “Intellectual Property and Libertarianism” [local PDF; Liberty‘s online version], Liberty vol. 23, no. 11 (Dec. 2009), p. 27 [blog post]; based on speech at Mises University 2009 (July 30, 2009; audio; video)
(all available here http://www.stephankinsella.com/publications/)
Among my talks—I don’t know. I have too many for me to sort out. Probably the best is the latest—e.g. my 2015 PorcFest talk, and other recent ones:
- KOL172 | “Rethinking Intellectual Property: History, Theory, and Economics: Lecture 1: History and Law” (Mises Academy, 2011)
- KOL253 | Berkeley Law Federalist Society: A Libertarian’s Case Against Intellectual Property
- KOL217 | Intellectual Property is the Bastard Child of the Gatekeepers
- KOL184 | Intellectual Property is the Root of All Evil (PorcFest 2015)
- KOL190 | On Life without Patents and Copyright: Or, But Who Would Pick the Cotton? (PFS 2015)
- KOL101 | The Future (the End?) of Intellectual Property (Open Science Summit, 2011)
- KOL 037 | Locke’s Big Mistake: How the Labor Theory of Property Ruined Political Theory
- KOL013 | “Intellectual Property and Libertarianism,” Mises University 2009
Until I write a new book from scratch—tentatively titled Copy This Book—this will have to do.