Of Cabbages and Kings

November 18, 2006

Macaulay on copyright

Filed under: Law — Chinmayi @ 4:56 pm

Found this on one of my jaunts around the internet. An 1841 speech at the House of Commons by Macaulay on copyright. Here’s a bit:

The principle of copyright is this. It is a tax on readers for the purpose of giving a bounty to writers. The tax is an exceedingly bad one; it is a tax on one of the most innocent and most salutary of human pleasures; and never let us forget, that a tax on innocent pleasures is a premium on vicious pleasures

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