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By Butler Shaffer

ISBN-10: 1495218139

ISBN-13: 9781495218132

From a libertarian point of view, premised upon recognize for personal estate and the rejection of coercion, a dialogue of what's referred to as "intellectual estate" - e.g., copyrights, patents, emblems - needs to specialise in an analogous questions that attend extra basic inquiries into estate possession. How do such pursuits come into lifestyles? How is decision-making exercised? and the way are pursuits transferred or misplaced?

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Language is the essential tool by which the human mind can organize and communicate experiences and understanding, not only to others, but to ourselves. Its spontaneous, vibrant character is reflected in words that come and go into common usage, without any authority directing the process. [7] But who, amongst our earliest ancestors, were granted copyrights for this work? As each of our forebears contributed to the creation of what, like our biological characteristics, continues to evolve, and as the influences of many languages helped to synthesize our own, I am unaware of any coercive machinery that was in place to give individual participants a protected monopoly in the use of their contributions.

But when the state—with its monopolistic powers—acts for the benefit of a few, all are legally bound by the rules whether they agree with them or not. If copyrights, patents, or trademark protections are not recognized among free people—unless specifically contracted for between two parties—by what reasoning can the state create and enforce such interests upon persons who have not agreed to be so bound? Nor can the inclusion of a copyright notice in a book be defended, under contract principles, as such provides no evidence that the buyer had agreed to respect the presumed property claim prior to his purchase.

Bucknell University Press, 1997). [14] Cheney, Tesla: Man Out of Time, p. 241. [15] Arthur Koestler, The Act of Creation (London: Arkana, 1989), p. 229. [16] Paul Feyerabend, Against Method (London: Verso, rev. , 1988), p. 9; emphasis in original. , pp. 19, 24; emphasis in original. [18] Arnold J. Toynbee, A Study of History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1958), p. 555. : Liberty Press, 1979), pp. 101ff. [20] Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968), p.

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