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Against Intellectual Monopoly

Author(s) : Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine
ISBN : 0521879280
Pages : 312
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Publication Date : July 2008

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Cambridge University Press wrote:
"Intellectual property" - patents and copyrights - have become controversial. We witness teenagers being sued for "pirating" music - and we observe AIDS patients in Africa dying due to lack of ability to pay for drugs that are high priced to satisfy patent holders. Are patents and copyrights essential to thriving creation and innovation - do we need them so that we all may enjoy fine music and good health? Across time and space the resounding answer is: No. So-called intellectual property is in fact an "intellectual monopoly" that hinders rather than helps the competitive free market regime that has delivered wealth and innovation to our doorsteps. This book has broad coverage of both copyrights and patents and is designed for a general audience, focusing on simple examples. The authors conclude that the only sensible policy to follow is to eliminate the patents and copyright systems as they currently exist.


"This book, which you must must must read, will challenge everything you think you believe about IP. In fact, I don't think any serious can come away from it thinking the same way about this subject."

"It definitely won't be the last word on this subject, but it will widen the debate and point it in new directions. Very much worth reading, if you're interested in IP issues."

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