Peculiar forms of Property Rights

Surely it is not a coincidence that just about the time that western civilization collectively took away the property rights of slave owners it introduced a curious new form of property right: treating ideas as property. Was this some sort of systemic economic substitution? Was that the dawn of an era when content was king? Is that era now entering it’s twilight? Are we seeing observing a similar uncompensated property taking? Will a substitute class of property rights arise?

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