Alan Story: The True Danger of Intellectual Property 2

“The grant of power that comes with intellectual property rights carries with
it two great dangers. First, depending on the resource in question it may
place the holder of the right, or a small group of holders, in a position of
central command in a market. Competition suffers as a result.” – page 3

“The second and greater danger of intellectual property lies in the threat
to liberty.” – page 4

“The danger to basic rights posed by intellectual property regulation is
not an obviously visible danger. Rather it is a danger based on the quiet
accretion of restrictions – an accretion hardly visible because it is hidden
behind technical rule-making, mystifying legal doctrine and complex
bureaucracies, all papered over by seemingly plausible appeals to the rights
of inventors and authors and the need to encourage innovation. We
experience these restrictions not as a mass of individuals living in a
totalitarian society, but as members of smaller communities who find strands
of intellectual property law settling on and changing the customary ways
in which we have accessed and exchanged information.” – page 4

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