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Intelektuální vlastnictví jako překážka na cestě k prosperitě
[Intellectual property as an obstacle to prosperity]


  • Josef Šíma


The article describes the nature and importance of the concept of private property. It traces back the logical necessity of the respect for property as a safeguard of both peace and prosperity. Then, it surveys arguments in favor of intellectual property that allegedly coincide with those of the tangible property. It shows, however, that after careful research into the origin of patents and copyrights many problems arise. The analysis shows that there are no parallels between private property in tangible goods and property in intangible goods (ownership of ideal objects). Intellectual "property" fails in bringing about both peace and prosperity. The last part of the article suggests how a truly free market - a system that does not recognized intellectual property - might function.

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  • Josef Šíma, 2005. "Intelektuální vlastnictví jako překážka na cestě k prosperitě
    [Intellectual property as an obstacle to prosperity]
    ," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2005(3), pages 369-382.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpol:v:2005:y:2005:i:3:id:511:p:369-382

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    1. Dan Felsenthal & Moshé Machover, 2005. "Voting power measurement: a story of misreinvention," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 25(2), pages 485-506, December.
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    3. František Turnovec, 2007. "New Measure of Voting Power," Czech Economic Review, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, vol. 1(1), pages 04-14, March.
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    intellectual property; patents; copyrights;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law


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