The world is a better place with intellectual property

By Marc Firestone

Everyone who cares about individuality, innovation and choice should bear in mind why the world is indeed better when society respects intellectual property.

For many people, the law evokes Kafkaesque images of a powerful yet often unidentifiable bureaucracy which treats people not as individuals, but as a never-ending queue of fungible human widgets. You wait in line with the stack of forms that you carefully filled out, only to hear that you are supposed to be on the third floor. Dutifully, you trudge to floor three, take a number and wait to hear someone call out, “Number 738 to counter E43.” But do not doze off or the machine will move on to number 739.

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