Words by c.z.robertson

Digital Dilemmas, cont.

2001-05-09 01:00:00 UTC

I've done a little digging and turned up another reason to be suspicious of Gladney's Are Intellectual Property Rights a Digital Dilemma?. In it, Gladney accuses John Barlow of misusing a quote from Thomas Jefferson, citing Jefferson's influence on the US Patent Act of 1793. However, Gladney is curiously ignorant of Jefferson's long-standing distrust of the patent system and of his words in 1813: "the nations which refuse monopolies of invention, are as fruitful as England in new and useful devices". This is particularly curious since he cites E.C. Waterscheid's Thomas Jefferson and the Patent Act of 1793, in which I found that quote.