How Social Policy and Technology Development Creates, Shapes and Destroys Property
University of Southampton
15 March 2007
Daniel J. Weitzner
Decentralized Information Group
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
...rivers are natural
...maps shape and name the natural
...farms and towns, which need water.
...and cities. Farmers claim water rights.
...cities need water
...and still more water, creating a class of 'appropriations'
Strickler v. City of Colorado Springs, 16 Colo. 61 (1891)
"Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat. If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store. Every iPod ever made will play this DRM-free music,"Steve Jobs, Thoughts on Music (February 6, 2007)
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