Thursday, June 2, 2011

Science in the Constitution of the United States of America

Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution reads -  

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"

This bit codified prose is pressing on my mind.  Is it possible that promoting the "Progress of science" now requires a new approach different to that agreed upon over two centuries ago?
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