Comment: And btw, the letter Jefferson

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And btw, the letter Jefferson

And btw, the letter Jefferson wrote to McPherson was in the midst of a legal dispute in which Jefferson was somehow entangled. The quote you selected is taken out of context.

TJ was not attacking IP but rather qualifying it. He was lamenting that the law could be better - not that he was against IP.

From the same letter:

"Considering the exclusive right to invention as given not of natural right, but for the benefit of society, I know well the difficulty of drawing a line between the things which are worth to the public the embarrassment of an exclusive patent, and those which are not. As a member of the patent board for several years, while the law authorized a board to grant or refuse patents, I saw with what slow progress a system of general rules could be matured."

http://www.temple.edu/lawschool/dpost/mcphersonletter.html