Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

October 11, 2012

Atlas Shrugged Part II in Theaters This Weekend

Atlas Shrugged Part II is opening this weekend. Want to check it out? Follow this link to find a theater near you. And now, the official Atlas Shrugged Part II trailer:

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January 18, 2012

We don’t go black… We try to turn on lights

We’re not going black today, over SOPA or PIPA. In case you by some miracle hadn’t noticed it yet, tens of thousands of web sites around the country and around the world, are “going black” or putting up banners explaining that they are not available or there is no content today etc… In protest against [...]

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January 9, 2012

A New Approach To “Government Research”

Over at Cato, Jim Harper responds to proponents of gov’t research that point to the products of that research as justification — they never really consider that such products would still occur via private-sector investment. He takes a bit of a swipe at IP policy in the middle, and in his discussion of the history [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:52 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Intellectual Property Rights,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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December 15, 2011

Quote of the Day: Bill of Rights 220th Anniversary Edition

December 15, 2011 marks the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights – at least what is left of them. Anthony Gregory’s article at The Huffington Post runs through the list of violations of these precious rights from the Adams administration’s Alien and Sedition acts all the way to the present day violations of the [...]

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August 4, 2010

Point: The ACLU Is A Friend of Liberty

It takes considerable skill to be able to write from both ends of a political issue, and I’m happy to say that that is the task I am going about with the ACLU. For my critique of the ACLU, click here. The Left and Right political labels are pretty useless at a certain point, but for [...]

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April 10, 2008

Right To Contract vs. “Human Rights”

Eugene Volokh writes about a case in New Mexico that demonstrates the extent to which the right to decide who you do business with has been eroded in the name of so-called anti-discrimination laws: Elaine Huguenin co-owns Elane Photography with her husband. The bulk of Elane’s work is done by Elaine, though she subcontracts some [...]

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October 19, 2007

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Absurd Intellectual Property Argument

It’s not often that America’s pastime and individual liberty cross paths, but it happened earlier this week when a Federal Appeals Court in Missouri rejected an argument by Major League Baseball and it’s players union that player names and statistics constitute intellectual property rights: Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) — Companies that operate fantasy sports leagues have [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:52 am || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Individual Rights,Intellectual Property Rights
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August 25, 2007

Venezuela & DC — Price Controls From The Barrel Of A Gun

I was checking in to see the latest news from Venezuela, and saw how Chavez is using the threat of nationalization to bring down steel prices: Ternium SA, the only maker of flat- steel products in Venezuela, agreed to sell its goods at a discount in the South American country, warding off a threatened nationalization [...]

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June 26, 2007

Intellectual Property And Caesar Salad

Pete Wells of The New York Times writes today about what may well be one of the most inventive extensions of intellectual property law that I’ve ever seen: Sometimes, Rebecca Charles wishes she were a little less influential. She was, she asserts, the first chef in New York who took lobster rolls, fried clams and [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:15 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Intellectual Property Rights
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May 20, 2007

The Case Against Perpetual Copyrights

In today’s New York Times, Mark Helprin argues in favor of what effectively amounts to an extension of copyrights for an indefinite period. And does so by making what is, at best, an imperfect analogy: WHAT if, after you had paid the taxes on earnings with which you built a house, sales taxes on the [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:39 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Intellectual Property Rights
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April 2, 2007

I’m Suing The X Prize Foundation

Because they stole my idea: The competition requires significant energy and emissions goals (most importantly, fuel economy) with at least 100 mpg or its equivalent. The guidelines are replacing the outdated MPG with this new standard, MPGe, which takes into account energy equivalents, no matter what the energy source. Production capability is another important requirement: [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:51 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Intellectual Property Rights,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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March 14, 2007

Thoughts On The Viacom-YouTube Lawsuit

Yesterday, Viacom filed a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Google, the parent company of YouTube alleging massive violations of copyright law: Viacom, the parent company of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of “massive copyright infringement.” Viacom said it was seeking more than $1 billion in damages [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:54 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Intellectual Property Rights,Media
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February 13, 2007

Patents Can Kill You

Michael Crichton has an Op-Ed piece in The New York Times today about the life-and-death cost that patients may pay thanks to the fact that the United States Government has issued patents for human genes YOU, or someone you love, may die because of a gene patent that should never have been granted in the [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Intellectual Property Rights
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February 7, 2007

Congress: Bought And Paid For By Hollywood

With the Democrats back in power, their friends in Hollywood are among the first in line to influence the policy debate in Washington: WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 — Hollywood has often been a whipping boy here, but with a new Congress in session, the heads of the major movie studios converged on the capital Tuesday to [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:04 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Intellectual Property Rights
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February 5, 2007

Copyright Law vs. Bad Dancing

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act has seen many absurd applications since it became law, but none, I think, are quite as absurd as this one: The inventor of the “Electric Slide,” an iconic dance created in 1976, is fighting back against what he believes are copyright violations and, more importantly, examples of bad dancing. Kyle [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:07 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Intellectual Property Rights
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February 1, 2007

Super Bowl Copyright Nonsense

As you may have noticed, the National Football League guards it’s copyright over the Super Bowl very jealously. That’ s why you never see any retailer who isn’t an official sponsor or advertiser mention the Super Bowl in their ads for, say, big screen televisions, soda, or beer. Instead, they call it “the Big Game.” [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Intellectual Property Rights
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January 20, 2007

Copyright Law And The Assault On Innovation II

A Federal Judge in New York has ruled that a lawsuit by the music industy against XM Satellite Radio over a new XM radio that allows consumers to record songs played on XM onto an MP3 player can proceed forward: A lawsuit in which record companies accuse XM Satellite Radio Holdings of cheating them by [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:59 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Intellectual Property Rights,Technology
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January 18, 2007

More restrictions on speech?

Are you a blogger? Then S. 1 may concern you. From Of Arms and the Law: S.1 has been introduced in the Senate as “lobbying reform” — which in this case means “First Amendment infringements.” An amendment has been attached, which requires registration of bloggers with more than 500 readers, and who comment on policy [...]

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January 16, 2007

Federal Judge Outlaws Hyperlinking

According to one U.S. District Court Judge in Texas, it’s against the law to hyperlink to copyrighted material if the copyright holder objects: A federal judge in Texas has ruled that it is unlawful to provide a hyperlink to a Webcast if the copyright owner objects to it. U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay in the [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Intellectual Property Rights
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Copyright Law And The Assault On Innovation

New legislation currently pending before the Senate would greatly expand copyright law in an effort by the music industry to stifle yet another area of innovation: Satellite and Internet radio services would be required to restrict listeners’ ability to record and play back individual songs, under new legislation introduced this week in the U.S. Senate. [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:58 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Intellectual Property Rights,Technology
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