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Intellectual capital will always trump financial capital. Paul Tudor Jones
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. John Stuart Mill
Fighting patents one by one will never eliminate the danger of software patents, any more than swatting mosquitoes will eliminate malaria. Richard Stallman
I declined it. As we enjoy great advantage from the invention of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously. Benjamin Franklin
Don't be the best. Be the only. Sam Wilkin
Every intellectual product must be judged from the point of view of the age and the people in which it was produced. Walter Pater
This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do Woody Guthrie
Organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible whatever the consequences Larry Page
Ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition. Thomas Jefferson
We affirm, as a fundamental principle, that labor, the creator of wealth, is entitled to all it creates. Anonymous
Parasitic American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
The right of the inventor to his discovery, the right of the poet to his inspiration, depends upon those principles of eternal justice, which God has implanted in the heart of man. Judah P. Benjamin
The developing countries are scared out of their wits now, because they don’t understand what they’re being forced to sign. The agreements are going way outside the trade issues and involve a helluva lot of things like your access to oil, your access to intellectual property and capital controls…. When I looked through the investment agreements, it was worse than reading my insurance policy for the fine print. I couldn’t make anything out of it, and I’m a reasonably informed person, a pretty smart economist as they go. Jagdish Bhagwati
Much of the existing wealth of this country takes the form of rights that do not fall within traditional common-law concepts of property. William J. Brennan, Jr.
… countries that are behind in their industrial and scientific development are tempted at times to steal those technologies from other countries. John Negroponte
The first duty of the Press is to obtain the earliest and most correct intelligence of the time, and instantly, by disclosing them to make them the common property of the nation. John T. Delane
Damn those who have made my remarks before me! Aelius Donatus
Taking out a patent is an invitation to a lawsuit. Thomas A. Edison
An act to vest authors with their copies, for the times therein mentioned. English Parliament
The possession of knowledge has always been dangerous. Newt Gingrich
The greatest interest at stake is not that of the copyright holders or the database companies, rather it is the interest a free and open society has in ensuring that everyone can learn the facts, regardless of their economic background. We should regard our nation’s involvement in the knowledge of its citizens … as the highest and most precious intellectual property we can ever protect. Mike Goodwin
In not a single State of the Union is a married woman held to possess a right to her earnings within the family; and in not one-half of them has she a right to their control in business entered upon outside of the household. Should such a woman be successful in obtaining a patent, what then? Would she be free to do as she pleased with it? Not at all. She would hold no right, title, or power over this work of her own brain. She would possess no legal right to contract, or to license any one to use her invention. Neither, would her right be infringed, could she sue the offender. Matilda Joslyn Gage
The inventions of a nation are closely connected with the freedom of its people … Inventors must not only possess full freedom to exercise their powers, but there must also be a certain welcome and protection to their ideas. Deprived, as woman is, of political power, she has to face contempt of her sex, open and covert scorn of womanhood, deprecatory allusions to her intellectual powers,—all tending to hamper the expression of her inventive genius. Matilda Joslyn Gage
[Intellectual property] cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. He who receivers an idea from me, receives instructions from me without lessening mine, as; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. Thomas Jefferson
For the general good of the world [written work] should be understood as … belonging to the publick. Samuel Johnson
Copyright is too valuable to be wholly renounced. James Madison
We’re going to produce all the vaccines we can in order to protect our people. We don’t have to answer to anyone on this. Fidel Castro
Thousands of capitalist have been enriched by inventions and discoveries of which they were not the authors, and capital, by robbing the inventor of his just reward, is guilty of stifling genius. Thomas Hodgskin
Exclusive property is a theft in nature. Jacques Pierre Brissot
We have a massive system to regulate creativity. A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as copyright law has expanded in unrecognizable forms, going from a regulation of publishing to a regulation of copying. Law and technology produce, together, a kind of regulation of creativity we've not seen before. Lawrence Lessig
We live in a world with "free" content, and this freedom is not an imperfection. We listen to the radio without paying for the songs we hear; we hear friends humming tunes that they have not licensed. We tell jokes that reference movie plots without the permission of the directors. We read our children books, borrowed from a library, without paying the original copyright holder for the performance rights. Lawrence Lessig
An intellectual property worker will take copyright protection on everything he can get. Michael Crichton
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 everyone. Thomas Jefferson
You have not done well to publish your books of Rhetoric; for what is there now that we excel others in, if those things which we have been particularly instructed in be laid open to all? Alexander III
Created stuff is meant to be shared. That’s why the creative person created it. Why else do creative people exist? Peter McWilliams
Mickey Mouse Protection Act Anonymous
What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our neighbors, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all. Voltaire
In America, innovation does not just improve our lives. It is the way we make our living. Barack Obama
Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property. Notwithstanding the fact that the most innovative and progressive space we've seen — the Internet — has been the place where intellectual property has been least respected. You know, facts don't get in the way of this ideology. Lawrence Lessig
Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from any body. Thomas Jefferson
... no one possesses the less because everyone possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me receives it without lessening me, as he who lights his candle at mine receives light without darkening me. Thomas Jefferson
The Pirate Party believes it's time to think about digital rights rather than digital privilege. Pirate Party
A world in which we can fully experience the benefits that a connected society brings remains out of reach. Vested interests all too often feel threatened by the modern world, and they are holding Scotland back. We want to change that. Finlay Archibald
We believe that patents exist to reward the inventors of truly outstanding ideas, not to allow big businesses to stifle competition with an ever-growing tide of trivial, incomprehensible, overreaching patents. We will stop the abuse of patent law by raising the bar on how innovative an idea has to be before it can be patented, and by prohibiting patents on software, business methods, concepts and works of nature. We will require a working model to be provided to the patent office before a patent is granted and we will strictly enforce the current rule that patents are invalid if they are "obvious to someone skilled in the art". Pirate Party
We would reduce copyright terms to a more sensible term of 10 years. Pirate Party
Fortunately science, like that nature to which it belongs, is neither limited by time nor by space. It belongs to the world, and is of no country and of no age … Humphry Davy
You can't incent a dead person. No matter what we do, Hawthorne will not produce any more works, no matter how much we pay him. Lawrence Lessig
Nothing of value is free. Jack Valenti
If you buy a DVD you have a copy. If you want a backup copy you buy another one. Jack Valenti
I wish I were getting a percentage of the sales, but I feel complimented actually because these people can steal anything from anybody. They haven’t paid for any of these pictures… They like my pictures so much that they continually steal them over and over again. Bob Gruen
Shall an invention be patented or donated to the public freely? I have known some well-meaning scientific men ... to look askance at the patenting of inventions, as if it were a rather selfish and ungracious act, essentially unworthy. The answer is very simple. Publish an invention freely, and it will almost surely die from lack of interest in its development. It will not be developed and the world will not be benefited. Patent it, and if valuable, it will be taken up and developed into a business. Elihu Thomson
Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using seventeen of my patents. Nikola Tesla
Creativity in copyright law only means that you didn’t copy it from someone else …. Most works that are protected under copyright are not creative in the colloquial sense of the word. William F. Patry
To have the choice between proprietary software packages, is being able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software. Richard Stallman
Copyleft Richard Stallman
Arrangements to make people pay for using a program, including licensing of copies, always incur a tremendous cost to society through the cumbersome mechanisms necessary to figure out how much (that is, which programs) a person must pay for. And only a police state can force everyone to obey them. Consider a space station where air must be manufactured at great cost: charging each breather per liter of air may be fair, but wearing the metered gas mask all day and all night is intolerable even if everyone can afford to pay the air bill. And the TV cameras everywhere to see if you ever take the mask off are outrageous. It's better to support the air plant with a head tax and chuck the masks. Copying all or parts of a program is as natural to a programmer as breathing, and as productive. It ought to be as free. Richard Stallman
The patent system was established to encourage inventors to disclose the details of their inventions. Its purpose was to help society rather than to help inventors. At the time, the life span of 17 years for a patent was short compared with the rate of advance of the state of the art. Since patents are an issue only among manufacturers, for whom the cost and effort of a license agreement are small compared with setting up production, the patents often do not do much harm. They do not obstruct most individuals who use patented products. Richard Stallman
All intellectual property rights are just licenses granted by society because it was thought, rightly or wrongly, that society as a whole would benefit by granting them. But in any particular situation, we have to ask: are we really better off granting such license? What kind of act are we licensing a person to do? Richard Stallman
The best ideas are common property. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
If there is anything in the world that can really be called a man’s property, it is surely that which is the result of his mental activity. Arthur Schopenhauer
The people own the vaccine … There is no patent. Could you patent the sun? Jonas Salk
Only dead mathematics can be taught where the attitude of competition prevails: living mathematics must always be a communal possession. Mary Everest Boole
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. Sarah Margaret Fuller
If the contest for an international copyright is to be managed like the annual pig-iron conflict, or the wool fight, ending in a compromise by which every interest gets a certain amount of protection at the expense of the public, it will certainly be of little service either to England, America, or humanity at large. What is needed is a legal protection for property in ideas; in other words, an authors' copyright. Atlantic Monthly
Patents can be overridden to protect the public health. Indonesia
The United States, in its early years engaged in massive illegal smuggling of intellectual properties from other counties…. The United states was a hotbed of intellectual piracy in the 19th century…. It was a way of jump-starting our industrial democracy…. Today we tell emerging nations, “do as we say, not as we did.” Peter Andreas
If the government objects to monopoly prices for new inventions, it should stop granting patents. Ludwig von Mises
The Congress shall have power . . . To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries United States
Ideas are what power our economy. Barack Obama
The product of mental labor — science — always stands far below its value, because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production. Karl Marx
All the marvels of science and the gains of culture belong to the nation as a whole, and never again will man’s brain and human genius be used for oppression and exploitation. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
If South Korea can reduce the risk that its firms will imitate and reverse engineer technology invented abroad, foreign firms become less hesitant to transfer technology to South Korean partners. Marcus Noland
Since [some] American publishers pay nothing to the English authors whose stories they appropriate and publish, other American publishers can not to afford to pay American authors for writing stories. United States Congress
In vain we call old notions fudge, And bend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten Commandments will not budge, And stealing will continue stealing. James Russell Lowell
The people, the ultimate governors, must have absolute freedom of, and therefore privacy of, their individual opinions and beliefs regardless of how suspect or strange they may appear to others. Ancillary to that principle is the conclusion that an individual must also have absolute privacy over whatever information he may generate in the course of testing his opinions and beliefs. William O. Douglas
The general rule of law is, that the noblest of human productions — knowledge, truths ascertained, conceptions and ideas — become, after voluntary communication to others, free as the air to common use. Louis D. Brandeis
The future of the nation depends in no small part on the efficiency of industry, and the efficiency of industry depends in no small part on the protection of intellectual property. Richard A. Posner
We shall have to share out the fruits of technology among the whole of mankind. The notion that the direct and immediate producers of the fruits of technology have a proprietary right to these fruits will have to be forgotten. After all, who is the producer? Man is a social animal, and the immediate producer has been helped to produce by the whole structure of society, beginning with his own education. Arnold J. Toynbee
We’ve got more capacity than anybody both offensively and defensively. Barack Obama
For better or worse, we are the Court of Appeals for the Hollywood Circuit. Millions of people toil in the shadow of the law we make, and much of their livelihood is made possible by the existence of intellectual property rights. But much of their livelihood - and much of the vibrancy of our culture - also depends on the existence of other intangible rights: The right to draw ideas from a rich and varied public domain, and the right to mock, for profit as well as fun, the cultural icons of our time. Alex Kozinski
Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as underprotecting it. Creativity is impossible without a rich public domain. Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamed fire, is genuinely new: Culture, like science and technology, grows by accretion, each new creator building on the works of those who came before. Overprotection stifles the very creative forces it's supposed to nurture. Alex Kozinski