Monday, March 19, 2007

Intellectual Property and Entrereneurshp in Literature/Film

I've been researching references to intellectual property in literature and film, and came across some cool quotes from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged--Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently agreed to play the leads in the upcoming film
"Precisely," said Dr. Ferris. "It's extremely important to get those patents turned over to us voluntarily. Even if we had a law permitting outright nationalization, it would be much better to get them as a gift. We want to leave the people with the illusion that they're tsill preserving their private property rights. And most of them will play along. They'll sign the Gift Certificates. Just Raise a lot of noise about its being a patriotic duty ad that anyone who refuses is a prince of greed, and they'll sign." --Atlas Shrugged
"Point three. All patents and copyrights, pertaining to any devices, inventions, formulas, and processes and works of any nature whatsoever, shall be turned over to the nation as a patriotic emergency gift by means of Gift Certificates to be signed voluntarily by the owners of all such patents and copyrights. The Unification Board shall then license the use of such patents and copyrights to all applicants, equally and without discrimination, for the purpose of eliminating monopolistic practices, discrding obsolete products, and making the best available to the whole nation. No trademarks, brand names or copyrighted titles shall be used. Every formerly patented product shall be known by a new name and sold by all maufacturers under the same name, such name to be selected by the Unification Board. All private trademarks and brand names are hereby abolished." --Atlas Shrugged
A lot of other great passages may be fond throughout--the title Atlas Shrugged refers to the notion of the entrepreneurs of the world--the inventors and innovators--"shrugging" and going on strike.
And here's a quote from Mark Twain from a speech given to congress:
I am aware that copyright must have a limit, because that is required by the Constitution of the United States, which sets aside the earlier Constitution, which we call the decalogue. The decalogue says you shall not take away from any man his profit. I don't like to be obliged to use the harsh term. What the decalogue really says is, "Thou shalt not steal," but I am trying to use more polite language.
They always talk handsomely about the literature of the land... And in the midst of their enthusiasm they turn around and do what they can to discourage it. – Mark Twain, Speech in Congress, 1906

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