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Who Owns The Concept If No One Signs The Papers?

Publication Date: 
August 12, 2007
Source: 
The New York Times
Author: 
Jason Pontin

In an article about who owns an idea The New York Times quotes Professor Lawrence Lessig:

When disputes over the provenance of an idea become particularly turbid, disappointed entrepreneurs will look to the courts, which often are of little help. As Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Stanford Law School, said, “The general rule is that ideas are free unless strapped down by contract or patent.” In practice, a great idea is owned by whoever expresses that idea most successfully.