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Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering by John Boutelle, Greg Papadopoulos, David Douglas

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14. Creativity and Control

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“Practically speaking, copyright and patent and trademark law have only one thing in common: Each is legitimate only as far as it serves the public interest. Your interest in your freedom is a part of the public interest that must be served.”

—Richard Stallman,1 founder of the GNU Project

In the previous two chapters, we took a pragmatic approach to intellectual property (IP): Understand how the existing system of protections works, and then leverage that system to create a range of techno-business models, from narrowly controlled (proprietary) to globally participative (open). We hoped to show the range of possibilities ...

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