Comment: I like Jefferson's position, as usual

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I like Jefferson's position, as usual

I am constantly surprised at how supportive everyone is of IP (even libertarians), even though you can't write a basic application today without accidentally violating some IP.

"If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it."

- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Isaac McPherson, Monticello, August 13, 1813

I swear sometimes I think he had a crystal ball.

I believe that society is harmed if people can own ideas. Try to hide your ideas from observation if you want to own them. Otherwise there can be no reasonable protection.

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