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Tuesday, November 23, 2004
  The New Yorker: Fact
The New Yorker: Fact: "Words belong to the person who wrote them. There are few simpler ethical notions than this one, particularly as society directs more and more energy and resources toward the creation of intellectual property."

Those are the words in a New Yorker article. Somehow I find that chilling. Possibly even stultifying. That's not to say that writers and others shouldn't be compensated for their work, it's thinking that ideas or expressions of ideas as property that bothers me. I can accept Intellectual Property as a necessary fiction given the structure of our economy and our society, but not as some sort of natural or intrinsic right.

For an alternate view check out the creative commons


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