One of the central credos of international discussions of intellectual property (IP) and development is as follows: countries that adopt higher levels of IP protection do better than those that do not. The problem is that there is no good evidence to support this. This has implications for how developing countries ought to think about IP.

These, Richard Gold explains in this video, like too many other statements in the public discourse are based on a careful weave of fiction and mendacity. They attempt to argue that because some IP protection in some countries is good, more IP protection everywhere is better.

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