Thanks to Pete Rigsbee from Postnet MN 112. This is from his newsletter.
- If I like it, it’s mine.
- If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
- If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
- If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
- If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
- If I am doing or building something, all of the pieces are mine.
- If it looks like mine, it is mine.
- If I saw it first, it’s mine.
- If you are playing with something and you put it down, it becomes mine.
- If it’s broken, it’s yours.”
Of course, we can all think of some adults who still believe these to be true. I might have titled this piece “IP Rights and the Internet,” or “Property Laws in the 21st Century.” Or “The World’s Shortest Handbook for Corporate CEOs.”