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Stealing ideas

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As I continue to go through my old blog drafts, this is another one from 2010 where I took down some rough notes and never quite put something together.

At the time, there was significant press (and a movie) about how Mark Zuckerberg has "stolen" the idea for Facebook from the Winklevoss twins.

I would argue that there was very little original or truly innovative ideas that went into the core functionality of Facebook.

On the other hand, it was pretty innovative to build up a huge database of his classmates' information without their permission... ☺

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I've read Atlas Shrugged cover to cover, and I totally get the theme and the very real problems it discusses.

What I don't understand is how anyone thinks that modern intellectual property laws provide any type of solution.

If anything, they tend to make matters worse, since people that come up with the most profitable ideas today are usually bound by agreements that automatically assign the intellectual property…