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Against Intellectual Property + Supplementary Material

My monograph Against Intellectual Property has been published in different formats, the most recent version being Against Intellectual Property (Laissez Faire Books, 2012). First published as a long article, “Against Intellectual Property,” Journal of Libertarian Studies (Spring 2001), based on “The Legitimacy of Intellectual Property,” a paper presented at the  Law and Economics panel, Austrian Scholars Conference, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama (March 25, 2000). The article was presented the Mises Institute‘s O.P. Alford III Prize for scholarly article published during 2001–2002 that best advances libertarian scholarship, at the Mises Institute’s eighth Austrian Scholars Conference, March 16, 2002, in Auburn, Alabama. A version was also republished as a monograph by the Mises Institute in 2008.

For a compilation of my more recent writing on IP, see You Can’t Own Ideas: Essays on Intellectual Property (2023).


In the Introduction to the LFB edition, I link to the selected supplementary material contained on this page. As the  Introduction explains:

Since I wrote in AIP in 2001, I and others have written a good deal more on the topic of so-called intellectual property law, as it has become a greater and more apparent threat to property rights, freedom of expression, and the Internet. I am in the process of writing a new book on IP, tentatively entitled Copy This Book, taking into account more recent arguments, evidence, and examples. In the meantime, readers of AIP may find useful the list of selected writings and talks that supplement the arguments made in AIP, which I have compiled in my C4SIF blogpost “Selected Supplementary Material for Against Intellectual Property” (March 1, 2012), and which will be updated from time to time. For further information see various works linked at www.c4sif.org/resources and material posted going forward at www.c4sif.org.

Links to the supplementary material and readings are provided below. Material below is by me unless indicated otherwise.

Selected Supplementary Material for Against Intellectual Property

 Introductory Works


Books and Articles

Blog Posts (from C4SIF unless specified otherwise)

To the extent possible under law, Stephan Kinsella has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to C4SIF. This work is published from: United States. In the event the CC0 license is unenforceable a  Creative Commons License Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License is hereby granted.