Norbert Wiener on Law - Dictionary of Arguments
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.
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.
In the USA, the discoverer is denied any ownership rights to a natural law discovered by him._____________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.
Cybernetics, Second Edition: or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine Cambridge, MA 1965
The Human Use of Human Beings (Cybernetics and Society), Boston 1952
Mensch und Menschmaschine Frankfurt/M. 1952