Abolish Intellectual Property Rights?

The United States Constitution explicitly calls for copyright and patent laws  to “promote the progress of science and useful arts” by “authors and inventors.” What about getting rid of? AllLaws of intellectual property actually promote Continue readingCreativity and innovation through inventors, authors, and artists

It was also the theme of Soho Forum’s November 15th debate in New York City.

Stephan KinsellaAfter 28 years of experience as a patent attorney, Mr. Sullivan argued for the idea that all copyright and patent laws should be repealed.

He thinks that governments-created IP laws enable patent and copyright trolling and powerful corporate interests, while restricting the flow of information and reducing innovation.

Richard Epstein (Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law NYU School of Law) says our current system may not be perfect, but he sees copyrights and patents in a natural extension of the private property rights of individuals and feels that they should be protected by libertarians. 

This debate was held in New York City before a live audience. It was moderated and hosted by Soho Forum Director. Gene Epstein.

Narrated By Nick Gillespie. John Osterhoudt edits. Caveat Production Brett Raney, photos