Of Intellectual Property And Agribusiness Subsidies…hmnnn

Lawrence Lessig writes that intellectual property laws and agribusiness subsidies ought to be tied together. “Both the subsidy of agribusiness and the subsidy of local culture and science violate the principles of free trade by ignoring American intellectual property laws. Both violations are bad. But the two bads should be resolved together. Indeed, if anything, American subsidies should be ended first. The actual loss to US firms from piracy worldwide is not terribly high – if ‘actual loss’ means the amount Americans would get if the piracy ended.”