All patents are theft

[ Thanks to Linux User & Developer magazine for this
link. ]

Pablo Picasso is supposed to have said that “all art is
theft”. The assertion may be controversial, but the intention is
clear – the creative process, which relies on the evolution
of techniques, observation and criticism, is an assimilation of
that which has gone before, and all creativity, whether artistic,
technological or scientific, walks a thin line between innovation
and originality, plagiarism and parody. Even the idea that art is
theft is a common place among artistic communities. Andy Warhol
took this concept a few stages further. During a 1966 interview he
told his interviewer; “Why don’t you ask my assistant Gerard
Malanga some questions? He did a lot of my paintings.”