Mudcat Café message #159596 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16566   Message #159596
Posted By: Okiemockbird
07-Jan-00 - 12:49 PM
Thread Name: 'Should auld copyrights be forgot ?'
Subject: RE: BS: 'Should auld copyrights be forgot ?'
McGrath of Harlow, your remarks remind me of something Thomas Jefferson once wrote: "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." (Letter to Isaac McPherson, August 13, 1813). Jefferson was writing about patent law, not copyright, but I think the same principle applies to artistic expression as to inventions: light should be shared; your light doesn't darken me.