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John Perry Barlow (the author of this article) used to be a songwriter for the Grateful Dead and is a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It is as on-point today as it was when it was written in 1994. It begins with a quote from Thomas Jefferson:

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.


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The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from it's profits or so dependant on it's favors, that there will be no opposition from that class. — Rothschild Brothers of London, 1863

      Sounds like Mr. Barlow would rather not be associated with "The Sheep" from one of the classes eluded to above and also notices that "the system" is buckling under the weight of its inherent inefficiency. :)

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