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Copyright & Satoshi’s Legacy with Stephan Kinsella of the Open Crypto Alliance
On June 29, 2021, a UK court found that Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is the proper copyright owner of the Bitcoin Whitepaper, awarding initial damages in excess of $48,000 to Wright and demanding that Bitcoin.org remove the Whitepaper from its site. Guest Stephan Kinsella of the Open Crypto Alliance joins Tatiana today to talk about the decision and why it reveals all the most troubling problems with the government-run patent, trademark & copyright system. He discusses the background of the case and the personal financial interest that he believes is driving Wright’s copyright trolling campaign. And he also gives his own thoughts on Bitcoin, blockchain technology, smart contracts and more.
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About the Guest:
(Norman) Stephan Kinsella is an attorney and libertarian writer in Houston. He was previously General Counsel for Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., a partner with Duane Morris, and adjunct law professor at South Texas College of Law. Aregistered patent attorneyand former adjunct professor atSouth Texas College of Law, he received an LL.M. (international business law) from King’s College London-University of London, a JD from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, and BSEE and MSEE degrees from LSU.
He has spoken, lectured andpublishedwidely on both legal topics, including intellectual property law and international law, and also on various areas of libertarian legal theory. Libertarian-related publications includeProperty, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe(co-editor, with Jrg Guido Hlsmann, Mises Institute, 2009);Against Intellectual Property(Mises Institute, 2008); andLaw in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society(Papinian Press, 2021).Forthcoming worksincludeCopy This Book: The Case for Abolishing Intellectual Property(Papinian Press, 2022).
Kinsella’slegal publicationsincludeInternational Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide(Oxford, 2020);Online Contract Formation(Oceana, 2004);Trademark Practice and Forms(Oxford & West/Thomson Reuters 2001’“2013);World Online Business Law(Oxford, 2003’“2011);Digest of Commercial Laws of the World(Oxford, 1998-2013);Protecting Foreign Investment Under International Law: Legal Aspects of Political Risk(Oceana Publications, 1997); andLouisiana Civil Law Dictionary(Quid Pro Books, 2011).
Kinsella is aco-founder and memberof the Advisory Council for theOpen Crypto Alliance(2020’“), a member of theEditorial BoardofReason Papers(2009’“), a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of theMolinari Review(2014’“),amemberof the Advisory Board of the Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) seriesCapitalist Thought: Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics(2013’“),Founder and Director of theCenter for the Study of Innovative Freedom(2010’“present), and legal advisorto LBRY(2015’“). Previously, he was Founder and Executive Editor ofLibertarian Papers(2009’“2018), a Senior Fellow for the Ludwig von Mises Institute (2009’“2013), a member of the Advisory Council of theGovernment Waste and Over-regulation Councilof the Our America Initiative (2014’“2017), Book Review Editor of theJournal of Libertarian Studies(Mises Institute, 2000’“2004), a member of the Editorial Board ofThe Journal of Peace, Prosperity & Freedom(Liberty Australia, 2012’“2016), amember of the Advisory Panelof theCenter for a Stateless Society(C4SS) (2009’“2012), and served as Chair of the Computer Law Subcommittee of the Federalist Society’sIntellectual Property Practice Group.
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