For almost our entire history ideas were free. [...] But the growing dominance of the market economy, where the products of our intellectual labors are bought and sold, produced an unfortunate side-effect [...] Original creations can’t compete with the price of copies. We believe that ideas are property and we’re excessively territorial when we feel that property belongs to us. Our laws then indulge this bias with ever-broadening protections and massive rewards.
We live in an age with daunting problems. We need the best ideas possible, we need them now, we need them to spread fast.
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