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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 326.

Back on May 24, 2020, I appeared on the Scottish Liberty Podcast, with hosts Antony Sammeroff and Tom Laird. We discussed IP and related matters, including Sammeroff’s recent debate on the topic of IP with pro-IP Randian law professor Adam Mossoff. I was a bit drunk and it shows, and went off on a rant and was not as coherent as usual. The episode was entitled “Under the Influence… of Stephan Kinsella… Against Intellectual Property”. We recorded a second episode on May 30, 2020, entitled “A Sober Conversation with Stephan Kinsella…,” which was released as KOL289. I just realized I never posted the initial episode, so here it is, warts and all (unfortunately for fans of my drunken rants, I have quit drinking alcohol since I realized it’s a destructive poison with no benefits at all, so this won’t happen again).

Previous episode: KOL289 | Scottish Liberty Podcast: Discussing the Mossoff-Sammeroff IP Debate, Take 2: A Sober Conversation…

See various links, embeds, notes below.

Youtube of the current discussion:

Previous Youtube from KOL289.

Antony’s previous debate with Mossoff:

In his remarks, Mossoff mentioned this paper by Stephen Haber as supporting the empirical case for patents (funny, I thought the Objectivists had principles): Stephen Haber, “Patents and the Wealth of Nations,” 23 Geo. Mason L.Rev. 811 (2016). I have read through it as much as I can stand and provide my critical commentary here:  “The Overwhelming Empirical Case Against Patent and Copyright”–see in particular note 3 and accompanying text.

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The Second Expanded Edition of Professor Hoppe’s The Great Fiction: Property, Economy, Society, and the Politics of Decline has been published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute (2021). More information available here. My Afterword is repixeled below [PDF].

For related material, see also:

[continue reading…]

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 325.

This is my appearance on the Nate the Voluntaryist Livestream #202, released March 15, 2021 (Nate’s Bitchute channel). Shownotes: “Stephan Kinsella is back for more about Hoppe and who will succeed him in the world of Austrian economics, plus a Q&A.”

Previous appearance: KOL311 | Nate the Voluntaryist Livestream #194: IP, the CDA, DMCA, Argumentation Ethics, and More

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 324.

I was on Aleks Svetski’s show Wake Up, Ep. 37. Youtube:

From his shownotes:

Stephan Kinsella is a Patent Attorney in Texas, Austrian AnCap philosopher, writer & hands down one of the smarter & most well-read people I’ve ever spoken to. [continue reading…]

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Tabarrok, Cowen, and Douglass North on Patents

I’ve previously criticized George Mason economist Alex Tabarrok’s views on patents.1 For example, as noted in Patent Policy on the Back of a Napkin, Tabarrok makes a Laffer-curve style argument that patent rights are currently “too strong.” Of course, he is correct that patent rights are too strong. However, he assumes that we should reduce patent strength, since it’s “too strong” now, but not abolish it, since zero protection is too weak. Instead, there is an optimal amount of patent strength, somewhere between zero and infinity, and we should try to adjust the patent system to optimize the production of innovation.

But there is no evidence that patent policy produces any kind of net societal gains at all,2 nor does Tabarrok provide any. [continue reading…]

  1. See, e.g., Tabarrok: Patent Policy on the Back of a NapkinLibertarian Favors $80 Billion Annual Tax-Funded “Medical Innovation Prize Fund”$30 Billion Taxfunded Innovation Contracts: The “Progressive-Libertarian” Solution; and Tabarrok’s Launching the Innovation Renaissance: Statism, not renaissance.   []
  2. See, e.g., “The Overwhelming Empirical Case Against Patent and Copyright.” []
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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 323.

Jed Grant and I appeared on the World Crypto Network channel with host Thomas Hunt to discuss the looming patent threat to bitcoin. Jed is Founder of the Open Crypto Alliance, for which I serve on the Advisory Board.

Shownotes:

Patents help protect the intellectual property of inventors and creators, but on occasion those same creators choose to make their works available to everyone, free of charge. Unfortunately, some predatory entities, known as patent trolls, prey on the users of these technologies through the civil courts. Their latest target? Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, which is why blockchain industry leaders and legal experts – including today’s guests, Stephan Kinsella & Jed Grant – have come together to form the Open Crypto Alliance, a group dedicated to preserving cryptocurrency & bitcoin technology’s open-source origins.

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[Related: Advice for Prospective Libertarian Law Students]

Suggested reading list compiled for my niece before attending Louisiana State University law school (a civil law/Roman law state):

For my own related stuff:

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Louisiana/Civil/Roman law/Common Law:

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 322.

From the Bitcoin Within The Legal System event, part of the Crypt0Events “Future IS Crypto!” Webinar Series (February 25, 2021). Jed Grant and I discussed the looming patent threat to bitcoin. Jed is Founder of the Open Crypto Alliance, for which I serve on the Advisory Board.

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