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The Word of Notch. Let’s say you’re Neo, and you were the first person ever to come up with the idea of a novel.

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It’s like a short story, but longer, and you’re really proud of it. Trinity then runs up to you and takes one of the few printed copies of your novel. You don’t want her to do that, as you paid good money to have it printed, and was hoping to get that money back, so you taze her. Trinity tried to commit theft. She sulks for a bit, then asks if she can borrow one copy to read it. She sobs for a bit more, then starts writing her own novel. I am fine with the concept of “owning stuff”, so I’m against theft. I am mostly fine with the concept of “selling stuff you made”, so I’m also against copyright infringement. But there is no way in hell you can convince me that it’s beneficial for society to not share ideas. A common argument for patents is that inventors won’t invent unless they can protect their ideas.

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