Copyright law sucks — authors can be compensated without it!

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

"Intellectual property 'rights' trace their origins back to copyright in literature, from which they have since expanded. With this in mind, it is fruitful to examine how authors can be compensated in the absence of copyright. Essentially, proponents of copyright in literature argue that they see no other way of compensating authors for their work. Indeed, many libertarians believe that intellectual property on the whole is harmful but make an exception for literature. If one can undermine the arguments in favour of copyright, then one casts doubt on the necessity of other forms of intellectual property. But before we look at how authors can be compensated without copyright laws, let us remind ourselves of how consumers would benefit in such a world." (04/05/17)