Louis D. Brandeis Quotes

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.

This doctrine of law was settled, but in the technological and digital age some people have tried to extend the intellectual property doctrine to include some ideas if they idea is a procedure or a set of DNA instructions. Meanwhile, the legal doctrine has been and is, as stated by Brandeis in this quotation, is that new and original ideas are not intellectual property and are always in the public domain, no matter how original.
Louis D. Brandeis
Louis D. Brandeis
  • Born: November 13, 1856
  • Died: October 5, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Judge

Louis Dembitz Brandeis was an American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jewish immigrant parents from Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic), who raised him in a secular home. He attended Harvard Law School, graduating at the age of 20 with what is widely rumored to be the highest grade average in the law school's history. Brandeis settled in Boston, where he founded a law firm (that is still in practice today as Nutter McClennen & Fish) and became a recognized lawyer through his work on progressive social causes.