Comments on: Thomas Jefferson’s Proposal to Limit the Length of Patent and Copyright in the Bill of Rights Property - Prosperity - Peace Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:17:32 +0000 hourly 1 By: David Grothouse Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:50:10 +0000 I think Jefferson put it best when he said, “The Constitution is like an inanimate carbon rod, it’s just way better than you.”

By: PeaceRequiresAnarchy Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:37:05 +0000 If we have right to use three things separately, I see nothing in reason or in the law, which forbids our using them all together. A man has a right to use a saw, an axe, a plane, separately; may he not combine their uses on the same piece of wood? He has a right to use his knife to cut his meat, a fork to hold it; may a patentee take from him the right to combine their use on the same subject?

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 every one, 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 in 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.

– Thomas Jefferson ( )

By: Manuel Lora Thu, 01 Dec 2011 22:48:50 +0000 Fantastic find here.