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Adam vs. the Man on IP

May 19, 2011 by

At the same time the vested interests try to ratchet up and expand IP, ((See Son of COICA: New Copyright Bill Introduced; The Mountain of IP Legislation.)) anti-IP awareness is spreading. Jeff Tucker emailed me about an anti-IP post from the Adam Smith Institute, which was then itself carried on the Christian Science Monitor, exclaiming “This is what a revolution looks like!” And just today I had this post from the Black Agenda Report called to my attention, Who You Callin’ A Pirate?!?! There’s also a growing internet furor over the RIAA’s attempts to obliterate the Fourth Amendment by seeking legislation to permit the po-po to conduct warrantless searches of suspected copyright infringers. The RIAA has become an agent of the state.

Just tonight I appeared on Adam vs. the Man (Episode #28), a great show hosted by Adam Kokesh on the RT network. He has a great segment arguing for IP abolitionism, and had me on as a guest near the end. The video is below.



nate-m May 20, 2011 at 1:17 am

Man, I am impressed by the high level of production quality that these videos are coming out nowadays.

It certainly creates a better impression then ‘that crazy guy with a vcr camera on public access’.

Keep up the good work!

Stephan Kinsella May 20, 2011 at 6:04 am

I agree, nate-m–I was asked to appear the day before; and a few minutes before the interview, I simply did a skype video chat from my home office. The show was recorded at 6pm EDT and the producers had already edited it and broadcast it one our late, at 7pm, showing my skype video on a “monitor” in the background in a way that closely mimics what it takes Fox and ABC hundreds of millions of dollars to do. Amazing.

Peter May 20, 2011 at 2:49 am

There’s a very interesting research on the background of IP laws in the UK, a summary of the most interesting parts is here: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/05/uk-report-base-ip-law-on-evidence-not-lobbying.ars

“We urge Government to ensure that in future, policy on Intellectual Property issues is constructed on the basis of evidence, rather than weight of lobbying.”

“On copyright issues, lobbying on behalf of rights owners has been more persuasive to Ministers than economic impact assessments.”

“Much of the data needed to develop empirical evidence on copyright and designs is privately held. It enters the public domain chiefly in the form of ‘evidence’ supporting the arguments of lobbyists (‘lobbynomics’) rather than as independently verified research conclusions.”

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