Patents IP and wine

I found a beautiful essay by John Perry Barlow titled ‘Selling Wine Without Bottles, The Economy of Mind on the Global Net’ written in in the beginning of the 90’s, and its premonitory power is only comparable to that of Neuromancer ten years earlier.

And as an extra I rescued a collection of quotes about patents that includes gems like this:

Of course, nothing is easier than to excite people on the argument that everything should be made in this country and not imported: though what would happen if anybody really tried to carry that out is the same as would happen if everybody expelled his breath from his body and never drew any breath in.” – Viscount Simon, Parliamentary Debates, House of Lords, 1949.

Which reminds me, I should should create a page about tariffs and other trade barriers to complement the subsidies page.