binarybits writes: James C. Scott's Seeing Like a State, which examines how modern states came to understand and control their subjects, is legendary in political science circles. In an essay for Cato Unbound, I examine the parallels between the mechanisms of control Scott describes and the legal powers that modern software and media companies use to control technological evolution and, with it, consumers themselves. Read on to learn what 19th Century German forestry techniques can teach us about modern debates over software patents and the DMCA.
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