“Good artists copy. Great artists steal.”
It’s a world unto itself. It’s a field of study for philosophers, legal scholars, and think-tank researchers; it’s a battleground for corporations, inventors, and artists; it’s a cottage industry for lawyers, consultants, academics, and authors; it’s a specialized game with incredibly complex rules and its own arcane language. Collectively, it’s called “intellectual property law” and it’s dedicated to answering one simple question.
Who owns ideas?
The very notion that someone can own a creation of the mind is one of the strangest ideas conceived ...