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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
The time has come when scientific truth must cease to be the property of the few, when it must be woven into the common life of the world. Louis Agassiz
The current term of protection for software is the life of an author plus 70 years, or, if it's work-for-hire, a total of 95 years. This is a bastardization of the Constitution's requirement that copyright be for "limited times." By the time Apple's Macintosh operating system finally falls into the public domain, there will be no machine that could possibly run it. The term of copyright for software is effectively unlimited. Lawrence Lessig
The fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to none. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Sweeping privilege against disclosure [is]…contrary to a sound public policy…It is a small step to assert a privilege against any disclosure of records merely because they might prove embarrassing. Albert Maris
Government ought to be all outside and no inside [for] corruption thrives in secret places [and] it [is] a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety. William E. Leuchtenburg
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
Patents should be for technological innovations. So a program for a new machine tool should be patentable but a non-technological innovation, such as grammar-checking software for a word-processor, should not be. Patricia Hewitt
support … continued widespread innovation by resisting the wider application of patents Liberal Democratic Party of Great Britain
[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
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
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
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
The best ideas are common property. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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
The public domain has been squandered, our coal fields bartered away, our forests denuded, our people impoverished, and we are attempting to build a prosperous commonwealth among people who are being robbed of their homes. James Baird Weaver
After the Republican party got into power it turned around and granted the public domain to corporations and opened it to private speculators .... in violation of the principle announced in the platform of 1852. The land grants were a mistake, to draw it mildly and we may as well all admit it now ; it was a great wrong to grant a single acre of the public domain to corporations. . . . Every acre of the public lands should have been held for homes for the people, under a well-guarded homestead law. That was the proper way to deal with the public domain; but instead of that it was thrown open to ruthless speculators, who have speculated in it until the poor people of this country to-day have to fight for standing room James Baird Weaver
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
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