However, since Locke was talking about the ownership
of physical objects and we are talking about the ownership of ideas, we must resort
to an analogy. We'll compare creating a piece of intellectual property to making a belt
buckle . In order to make a belt buckle, a person must mine ore, smelt it down, and
cast it. To write a play, a playwright "mines" words from the English language, "smelts"
them into stirring prose, and "casts" them into a finished play.
First, every intellectual property is one-of-a-kind. Second, copying a piece of intellectual property is different
from stealing a physical object.