Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Quote of the Day

by Charles Pooter

Physical property rights are a direct outgrowth of the natural concept of possession. Because the same physical object can be possessed by only one person at a time, and the same space can be occupied by only one person at a time, my defense of my tangible property rights follows of necessity from my occupancy of it. All I have to do to enforce my tangible property rights claims is to maintain possession against any would-be invader. If necessary, I can call on my neighbors for help. But to enforce an "intellectual property" claim, in contrast, I have to invade someone else's space to make sure he isn't using his own property in a way the state has conferred an exclusive right on me to do.
Kevin Carson


Kevin Carson said...

Thanks for the link, Charles.

Charles Pooter said...


You are more than welcome. That was one of the best blog posts I've read in a while. You've certainly helped crystalize my thinking on IP.