Alex Kozinski Quotes

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.

The more we protect intellectual property we weaken the right of all to the use of the public domain. And the more we strengthen the public domain rights of creators and the public in general, the less protection the intellectual property will have. In early America we underprotected intellectual property, and since the latter part of the 21st century, teh pundulum swung to the over protection side.
Alex Kozinski
Alex Kozinski
  • Born: July 23, 1950
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Federal Judge

Alex Kozinski is a former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he served from 1985 until announcing his retirement on December 18, 2017, after a growing number of allegations of improper sexual conduct and abusive practices toward law clerks. Kozinski was chief judge of that court from November 2007 to December 1, 2014. In addition to his previous judicial duties, Kozinski is an essayist and a judicial commentator.

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