In fact intellectual property is not like ordinary property at all but constitutes a government grant of a costly and dangerous private monopoly over ideas we show through theory and example that intellectual monopoly is not neccesary for innovation and as a practical matter is damaging to growth prosperity and liberty chapter 1 introduction. Against intellectual monopoly michele boldrin michele boldrin and david k levine chapter 1 chapter 2 chapter 3 chapter 4 chapter 5 chapter 6. I recommend this book as a companion piece to stephan kinsellas against intellectual property because while that book lays out the case against ip from a theoretical a priori perspective against intellectual monopoly attacks the subject from an empirical a posteriori angle this allows anyone interested in the question of whether ip is . Against intellectual monopoly by boldrin michele and levine david k average rating rarely does a book come along that prompts a wholesale revision in the way we perceive laws and legislation social progress and the very foundations of development economics this is one such book and it is destined to be a classic in the economics . Volume 15 no 1 spring 2009 against intellectual monopoly michele boldrin and david k levine cambridge university press 2008 viii 298 pgs one of the most important recent advances in libertarian theory has come in the field of intellectual property
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