Copyright this: "Jon Healey correctly points out that the debate over intellectual-property theft is complex because we are often dealing with 'non-real properties.' These properties cost nearly nothing to produce, and an infinite number of people can use the same property at the same time. And yet, we still want to treat them as if they were 'real' property."
Its a farce. Popsongs and cartoon characters are viciously guarded, life-saving recipies serendipidously left public, other items, by accident of their media, leave their inventors outside in the rain: "some of the most valuable and significant intellectual property and creative works can't be copyrighted. For example, Mickey Mouse is copyrighted, but E=mc2 could not have been. Which was truly the more significant creative work?"