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More on a divide among libertarians on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Politech] A divide among libertarians on DMCA: Cato says 
get rid of it [ip]
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 15:42:33 -0800
From: Seth David Schoen <schoen@loyalty.org>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
References: <442A3DDE.5040507@well.com>

Declan McCullagh writes:

> Small-L libertarians broadly agree on many things, including the need 
> for individual rights, limited government, contracts, and low taxes. But 
> a few areas have internal rifts: Abortion and intellectual property 
> number among them.

The latter is an ancient theme.  For example, U.S. libertarians
disagreed about it publicly in 1888.


One interesting point is that libertarians who think intellectual
property was created by government often want to eliminate it entirely
(or adopt a strong presumption against it), while libertarians who
think intellectual property is a natural right often want it to be

Seth David Schoen <schoen@loyalty.org> | This is a new focus for the 
      http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/   | community. The actual user of 
the PC
      http://vitanuova.loyalty.org/     | [...] is the enemy.
                                        |          -- David Aucsmith, 
IDF 1999

Posted by Declan McCullagh on Mar 29, 2006 in category intellectual-property

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