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October 2009

Volume 59, 2009

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How "Intellectual Property" Impedes Competition

SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 by KEVIN A. CARSON

Intellectual property creates artificial scarcity where it does not naturally exist and can only be enforced by invading real, tangible property and preventing the owner from using it in ways that violate the supposed intellectual property rights of others.

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