Here is what IP advocates do not get: profit is unnatural. The market abhors profit. If you make a profit you are telling people: here is something you should emulate, to compete away my profits. Profits are temporary and disappear. The are never permanent. They always erode. Entrepreneurs have to continue to innovate, compete, improve efficiency, find new ways to satisfy the customer–continually. They can never rest on their laurels. In a free market, that is. Unless the state grants them some protection from competition, some monopoly, some privileged position. Like patent and copyright. Ahem.
Advocates of IP think there is a property right in profit. Start a pizza joint–it's yours forever, and so are your customers. You own them. And so on. This is the end result of their protectionist reasoning.- Stephan Kinsella