Wednesday, August 18, 2010

No Copyright Law

The Real Reason for Germany's Industrial Expansion?
By Frank Thadeusz, Spiegel ONLINE International

Did Germany experience rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century due to an absence of copyright law? A German historian argues that the massive proliferation of books, and thus knowledge, laid the foundation for the country's industrial might.
The entire country seemed to be obsessed with reading. The sudden passion for books struck even booksellers as strange and in 1836 led literary critic Wolfgang Menzel to declare Germans "a people of poets and thinkers."

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