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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast: Episode 387.
This is a classic debate on intellectual property between Wendy McElroy and J. Neil Schulman† at the Libertarian Supper Club in Westwood (Los Angeles), California, in 1983. McElroy takes the anti-IP side and Schulman argues for IP. I don’t appear in this episode but I thought my listeners might find it of interest.
I wrote about this on Mises Daily, as “The Great IP Debate of 1983,” Mises Daily (July 18, 2011), which concerns the then recently-found audio of that debate, which was put up as a Mises podcast and is now also hosted at Mises.org. It’s a fascinating listen. As the Mises blurb about it reads, “In this wonderful debate, we find the whole of the theoretical apparatus of the anti-IP case presented with precision and eloquence.” This was near the beginning of the modern libertarian anti-IP movement, pioneered by McElroy and Sam Konkin (see references below).
Related (by me unless noted otherwise):
- McElroy: “On the Subject of Intellectual Property”: this appears to match at least part of Wendy’s initial presentation in the debate
- Schulman, “My Unfinished 30-Year-Old Debate with Wendy McElroy“
- McElroy, “Contra Copyright, Again“
- Classical Liberals and Anarchists on Intellectual Property (discussing LeFevre)
- The Four Historical Phases of IP Abolitionism
- The Origins of Libertarian IP Abolitionism
- The Death Throes of Pro-IP Libertarianism
- KOL208 | Conversation with Schulman about Logorights and Media-Carried Property
- “Introduction” and chapter “Conversation with Schulman about Logorights and Media-Carried Property” [both available here] in J. Neil Schulman, Origitent: Why Original Content is Property (Steve Heller Publishing, 2018)
- Libertarian Sci-Fi Authors and Copyright versus Libertarian IP Abolitionists
- Query for Schulman on Patents and Logorights
- On J. Neil Schulman’s Logorights
- Kinsella v. Schulman on Logorights and IP
- Schulman: “If you copy my novel, I’ll kill you”
- Schulman: Kinsella is “the foremost enemy of property rights”
- Reply to Schulman on the State, IP, and Carson