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A Selection of My Best Articles and Speeches on IP

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 not really a presentation of the case against IP—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 [Update: see newer material appended below]:

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,” The Libertarian Standard, Jan. 19, 2011 (also published as “Intellectual Freedom and Learning Versus Patent and Copyright,” Economic Notes No. 113 (Libertarian Alliance, Jan. 18, 2011). See also the speech which was the basis of this article, KOL062 | “Intellectual Freedom and Learning versus Patent and Copyright” (2010).

4. “Against Intellectual Property After Twenty Years: Looking Back and Looking Forward” (May 12, 2022)

5. “Intellectual Property and Libertarianism,” Mises Daily (Nov. 17, 2009)

6. “Introduction” in J. Neil Schulman, Origitent: Why Original Content is Property (Steve Heller Publishing, 2018), a breezy and fun little piece; also, the chapter “Conversation with Schulman about Logorights and Media-Carried Property”

7. KOL253 | Berkeley Law Federalist Society: A Libertarian’s Case Against Intellectual Property

8. KOL 037 | Locke’s Big Mistake: How the Labor Theory of Property Ruined Political Theory

9. KOL364 | Soho Forum Debate vs. Richard Epstein: Patent and Copyright Law Should Be Abolished

10. KOL341 | ESEADE Lecture: Should We Release Patents on Vaccines?, including: An Overview of Libertarian Property Rights and the Case Against IP [Speech + Transcript]

11. Intellectual Property and Economic Development,” Mises University 2011 (July 27, 2011) [Speech + Transcript]

12. “KOL236 | Intellectual Nonsense: Fallacious Arguments for IP (Libertopia 2012)” (Feb. 10, 2018) and “KOL237 | Intellectual Nonsense: Fallacious Arguments for IP—Part 2 (Libertopia 2012)” (Feb. 12, 2018) [Speech + Transcript]

(all available here http://www.stephankinsella.com/publications/)

Among my talks—I don’t know. I have too many for me to sort out. Other than those above, here are some other recent ones:

And a few selected blog posts:

Until I write a new book from scratch—tentatively titled Copy This Book—this will have to do.

[Update: see these more recent collections of essays regarding IP:


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