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At first blush, the creation of i/p seems to meet this test of Locke’s proviso, namely, that strangers cannot complain of the ownership if after the appropriation, “there was as good left, as that already possessed, and more than he knew what to do with, or his industry could reach to.” There would seem to be a nearly infinite store of possible melodies, poems, novels, ideas; granting ownership over one variant which has been reduced to expression by a creator wouldn’t seem to interfere with the stranger’s ability to create his own.



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