The Sociology of Ownership
May 14, 2008
Copyright law guru William Patry takes a look at Robert Merton’s thoughts on the ownership of ideas.
The moral of the story: the notion of originality (and therefore ownership in some sense) is vastly overrated.
Patry links to a number of Merton’s essays as well as his ASA Presidential address. I’ll be following up since I’m long overdue to read a lot more Merton.