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Jerry Brito
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Policy guy at Mercatus. Teach at GMU Law. Write for TIME.com Techland. Sometimes developer.
Policy guy at Mercatus. Teach at GMU Law. Write for TIME.com Techland. Sometimes developer.

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Yours truly on what to do when innovation outpaces law...

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Yours truly writing at Reason...

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I'm very excited to announce the release today of Intellectual Privilege by Tom W. Bell, a libertarian view of copyright. Init Bell argues that copyright is not property, but government-granted privilege. Some key points:

- If copyright were really property, like a house or cell phone, most Americans would belong in jail. That nobody seriously thinks infringement should be fully enforced demonstrates that copyright is not property and that copyright policy is broken.

- Under the Founders' Copyright, as set forth in the 1790 Copyright Act, works could be protected for a maximum of 28 years. Under present law, they can be extended to 120 years. The massive growth of intellectual privilege serves big corporate publishers to the detriment of individual authors and artist.

- By discriminating against unoriginal speech, copyright sharply limits our freedoms of expression.

- We should return to the wisdom of the Founders and regard copyrights as special privileges narrowly crafted to serve the common good.

http://mercatus.org/intellectualprivilege/Intellectual-Privilege.html

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In which I argue that Bitcoin won't replace the dollar or solve the non-problem of inflation

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Just wanted to let you all know that we've released a discussion draft of a forthcoming law review article I've written with my colleague Andrea Castillo and Houman Shadab (New York Law School) on Bitcoin financial regulation. 

We are very much interested in comments and corrections. This is a complicated issue area, both technically and legally, and we know there is likely a lot we can improve. So please send me any comments or corrections you might have.

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Yours truly at Reason...

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By yours truly...

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Yours truly at WIRED...
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