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Norbert Wiener on Law - Dictionary of Arguments

II 107
Law/Wiener: Legal problems are communicative and cybernetic, i.e. they are the problems of orderly and repeatable regulation of certain critical situations.
Ideas/Wiener: Our patent law is based on a misunderstanding of the concept of invention.
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II 108
This has to do with a fundamental error concerning the essence of communication itself. It is a false theory of invention on which copyright is based.
An invention is an invention if it is based on an incomplete knowledge of its subject matter.
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II 116
In the USA, the discoverer is denied any ownership rights to a natural law discovered by him.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

WienerN I
Norbert Wiener
Cybernetics, Second Edition: or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine Cambridge, MA 1965

WienerN II
N. Wiener
The Human Use of Human Beings (Cybernetics and Society), Boston 1952
German Edition:
Mensch und Menschmaschine Frankfurt/M. 1952


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