Ideas are not real property, because when I copy your idea, I don't deprive you of the idea; it's not like stealing your bike, where I deprive you of your bike. Because ideas are infinitely duplicatable at zero cost, there need not be any scarcity in ideas. And since there is no scarcity, there is no justification for claiming property rights in ideas.
When the government creates artificial property rights in ideas, they are intruding on the market and granting someone a monopoly that they didn't earn. They're also restricting your natural right to do what you will with the ideas that are in your head. Because once someone else's idea is disclosed to you, the copy of that idea in your head is now yours. So so-called "intellectual property" laws are government intrusions into the market, and they limit our natural rights.
Someone at this point may be thinking that by copying someone else's idea for a product, you are depriving them of something: by selling to their potential customers and thus satiating those customer's demand for the product, you're depriving them of potential customers. But I'd like to point out that we already have a term for depriving other businesses of potential customers through selling those customers what they want. That word is "competition".
Sears (or really, Sears' unnamed Chinese wrench supplier) is competing with Dan Brown's company. And apparently kicking Dan Brown's butt. Good for that Chinese supplier, and good for Sears. Sears is wealthier for it, and that's good for anyone with any kind of financial stake in Sears. Dan Brown better get off his butt and learn to compete, rather than whine to the MSM hoping for some kind of corporate welfare in the form of IP laws.
The Daily Paul