International Business Times - "Creative Commons: A License to Share"
"“For him that stealeth or borroweth and returneth not this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him.” In mediaeval times, book curses like this were often used to discourage would-be thieves, defacers or the like. Such protection was seen as crucial to upholding the rights of the book’s owner. Nowadays, the average person understands copyright to be a natural right to restrict the public use of creative work. Copyright laws are intended to strike a balance between the public value of innovation and the protection of private rights. [...]"
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MVuong | 01.04.2009