Molinari Symposium 2009: Call for Papers on Intellectual Property


The Molinari Society will be hosting its sixth annual symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in New York City, December 27-30, 2009. We hereby invite the submission of papers on the topic of intellectual property (IP).

IP has long been a matter of debate among libertarians. For its defenders, it represents a just protection of innovators’ rights to the products of their labour, as well as a vital economic incentive for creative effort; for its opponents, it is one more state-granted monopoly privilege with elements of protectionism and censorship. The issues raised by IP seem especially urgent in the present age of electronic media, when the ease of copying and disseminating information is at an all-time high; and the legitimacy or otherwise of IP has recently become an especially hot topic of discussion in the libersphere in the wake of the long-anticipated publication of Michele Boldrin and David Levine’s book Against Intellectual Monopoly (as well as the re-release of Stephan Kinsella’s Against Intellectual Property in book form).

Those submitting papers should be prepared, if selected, to present their papers at the December meeting.

Send submissions to Roderick T. Long at:

Deadline for receiving submissions: 5 May 2009
Notification of acceptance / rejection: 15 May 2009

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3 Responses to Molinari Symposium 2009: Call for Papers on Intellectual Property

  1. Black Bloke January 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Will any of these make the long awaited first issue of the Industrial Radical? I’m assuming that the first issue’s topic will remain the same.

  2. Roderick January 27, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    The first issue should be out before that!

  3. Tom January 28, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    I have to ask. What exactly is “before that?”

    The only page on the IR that I know about is the one on, which is dated for the 2006 schedule. Is there an updated schedule?

    I kind of wanted to write a screed for the IP issue of the Industrial Radical…

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