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First, Lee Bollinger (and others) seem to feel that the misappropriation "urge" makes sense when seen against a background where most things one creates DO get property treatment. Lee therefore says it's my burden as a writer to explain why this area is different--both to succeed in making a case clear, AND to create barriers between this area and others. Essentially, he argues, people will be afraid that less-than-complete property here will erode property elsewhere.



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