The Copyright Monopoly Is A Market Distortion, Not A Birthright

When you start questioning the copyright monopoly, many middlemen and other has-beens start acting offended — as if you have somehow questioned a natural birthright. Nothing is farther from the truth.

The copyright monopoly is not a natural right. It is a government-sanctioned private monopoly, granted under the assumption that no culture would get created if there’s not a profit motive behind it, and that this profit motive can only be realised in a monopolised setting.

Yet, when you question this assumption and this monopoly, some people react with unmitigated angry and fury — as though you have questioned their very right to life. This is puzzling, and it indicates a lack of understanding of what the monopoly is and why it exists.

(People who like liberal capitalism should baulk at government-sanctioned monopoly. People who lean towards labour values should baulk at private monopoly. Still, it’s factually true) — via

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