Sunday Funnies – Property Rights in the Internet Age

Thanks to Pete Rigsbee from Postnet MN 112.  This is from his newsletter.

kids-playing“I was walking by the park the other day and saw a group of young children that made me chuckle and think of these “Toddler Property Laws.” Enjoy!

  1. If I like it, it’s mine.
  2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
  3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
  4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
  5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
  6. If I am doing or building something, all of the pieces are mine.
  7. If it looks like mine, it is mine.
  8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
  9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it becomes mine.
  10. 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.”



About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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