9 September 2001

A semi-random thought on intellectual property, from an author whose family is one of the most protective of all of the rights to use of their forebear’s work. What would JRRT have made of the DMCA, do you suppose?

“But once upon a time (my crest has long since fallen) I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic, to the level of romantic fairy-story….I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama.”

-The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 144-145 (1951)

9 September 2001

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