An Economist’s Look at Intellectual Property Law
Prof. Daniel D’Amico discusses several arguments for and against government enforcement of intellectual property, including trademarks, patents, and copyrights. He explores both moral arguments (deontological) and cost benefit arguments (consequential), dedicating most of his time to consequential arguments. He finds that, in general, intellectual property is difficult to enforce and is inherently an anti-rival good. As a result, he finds no compelling case for government established intellectual property law.
- A Debate Over Intellectual Property Rights (Video): A debate from FEE’s Freedom University presenting both sides of the intellectual property debate.
- Intellectual Property [Article]: Stan Liebowitz provides a broad summary of intellectual property.
- Napsternomics: What’s the Most Effective Way to Protect Intellectual Property [Article]: Russ Roberts discusses the power of social norms and its applicability to intellectual property and the music industry.
- Intellectual “Property” Versus Real Property [Article]: Sheldon Richman discusses intellectual property and its relation to liberty.
- Boldrin on Intellectual Property [Audio]: Michele Boldrin discusses his new book, Against Intellectual Monopoly with Russ Roberts on EconTalk.
- Against Intellectual Property [Book]: N. Stephan Kinsella, in just 59 pages, explores the principles of intellectual property.