How I changed my mind on intellectual property

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Isaac Morehouse

“I’d been solidly libertarian for many years the first time I gave thought to ‘intellectual property’ (copyrights and patents) at all. Someone mentioned the protection of property, including intellectual property, as the root of prosperity and freedom. I agreed without hesitation. It just seemed to make sense. Now and then I would read or hear someone reiterate this position and it always seemed right to me. I had spent a lot of time working through the arguments in favor of private property — both philosophical and economic — and I didn’t think IP required any special arguments to augment what I already believed about other forms of property. Then a quote by Thomas Jefferson caught my eye …” (07/17/17)