"Crispen, Bob" <[log in to unmask]> said:
> the work of their employees (a) exists as property and (b)
> falls under the doctrine of work done for hire
I presume you don't support yourself with programming done for hire,
either for taxpayers or corporations? Kind of hard to understand when
your e-mail address indicates Boeing.
> "Intellectual property" is a phrase you'll search for
> in vain in
> the 18th and 19th centuries and indeed most of the 20th.
But look at the US Constitution (18th centry) for the concept, if not
the phrase, and at any economics textbook for an explanation of the
economics of "Public Goods".