Battle for Liberty
About This Show
Throughout the course of history few societies have achieved lasting freedom for their people. The Battle for Liberty represents that internal struggle against central control, turned outward in an analysis of the events of the day. In this show, Mike Tilden explores the broad themes of freedom and liberty in the context of current events, politics, social issues, and downright silly situations.
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 36: Intellectual Property
2 days ago
The John Deere corporation would like you to understand that you don’t actually own anything you’ve purchased if it relies heavily on software. According to John Deere, you’ve merely purchased the license to the software that runs on those devices. But otherwise, they retain an exclusive right over the device and how its maintained or altered. I’m not making this up, although I wish I were.
At the heart of this absurd claim is the inevitable application of intellectual property laws.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve always understood that intellectual property laws (copyrights and patents) promote innovation and creativity by guaranteeing inventors and authors their proper remittance upon completion of an invention or creative piece that meets with the satisfaction of the masses.
To be sure, this was my holding for many many years. But I’ve recently come to question this longstanding dogma. You’ll definitely want to hear why.
Against Intellectual Property, by Stephan Kinsella
Against Intellectual Monopoly, by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine
The Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
John Deere just told the copyright office that only corporations can own property, humans can only license it
We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership
The Constitution of the