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Copy wrongs

A top notch rant from Leonard Lin:

Often times, I like to think of these little thought experiments. Imagine the inventor of the wheel, or of stone cutting implements getting and enforcing a patent. Or perhaps the English language being under the modern notion of ’copyright’. Where would we be today? We won’t have to wait long to find out I suspect. Our society seems perfectly fine with the unlimited expansion, in both breadth and length, of ’intellectual property’.

This is Copy wrongs by Simon Willison, posted on 18th January 2003.

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