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20th Aug '16 9:22:19 PM StevieC
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* Elon Musk cites this as his reason for releasing the patents on Tesla Motor Company's battery-technology into the public domain.
-->If we're all in a ship together, and the ship has some holes in it, and we're sort of bailing water out of it, and we have a great design for a bucket, then even if we're bailing out way better than everyone else, we should probably still share the bucket design.
14th May '16 12:49:00 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', Commissioner Pravin Lal, "U.N. Declaration of Rights"

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-->-- ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', Commissioner Pravin Lal, "U.N. Declaration of Rights"
3rd May '16 3:07:45 PM Snarf
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[[http://www.ifixit.com IFixIt.com]] applies this trope to repair instructions for just about everything, but especially electronics.

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* [[http://www.ifixit.com IFixIt.com]] applies this trope to repair instructions for just about everything, but especially electronics.
3rd May '16 3:06:06 PM Snarf
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[[http://www.ifixit.com IFixIt.com]] applies this trope to repair instructions for just about everything, but especially electronics.
8th Apr '16 5:59:57 PM eroock
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In the real world it's usually not this bad, generally the other party will sue to get an injunction to stop disclosure, and, in some cases where it involves government secrets, people get prosecuted, as has happened to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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In the real world it's usually not this bad, generally the other party will sue to get an injunction to stop disclosure, and, in some cases where it involves government secrets, people get prosecuted, as has happened to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Snowden. The slogan "Information wants to be free" was coined by writer Stewart Brand, invoked against limiting access to information by governmental control.
13th Mar '16 3:58:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* Handled with all the subtlety of a speeding truck in ''Film/{{Tron}}'', making it another example of OlderThanTheyThink. Dillinger and Master Control locked down all information and user access on our side of the screen, and it took the form of a totalitarian state on the other side of the screen. The User-Believer Programs frequently speak of their longing for a "free system" while Sark and Master control speak of "control" and "order." The lockdown is also why Alan and Lora decide to team up with Flynn in order to get Tron online in the first place.



** Handled with all the subtlety of a speeding truck in the [[{{Tron}} first film]], making it another example of OlderThanTheyThink. Dillinger and Master Control locked down all information and user access on our side of the screen, and it took the form of a totalitarian state on the other side of the screen. The User-Believer Programs frequently speak of their longing for a "free system" while Sark and Master control speak of "control" and "order." The lockdown is also why Alan and Lora decide to team up with Flynn in order to get Tron online in the first place.
13th Mar '16 3:57:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' had the heroes hit a world close to ours but suffocating under a dictatorship. They manage to distribute a copy of the otherwise-unfamilar Bill of Rights by outright email spam.
** Though it's hard to believe that there would be public access to the Internet in J Edgar Hoover's fascist America, or that he'd manage to repress all copies held ''outside'' the USA.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' episode "Like Water for Gasoline". Langley, Byers and Frohike are trying to find an experimental prototype water-powered car before an agent of an oil company, who presumably intends to destroy it. It turns out that the agent wants to see it ''mass-manufactured'', and its original creator hid it away because he realized that freedom from oil would ultimately mean more cars and more consumption (a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jevons_paradox Jevons' Paradox]]) - [[NiceJobBreakingItHero his "miracle" would accelerate corporate devastation of the environment rather than stop it.]]

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* An episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' had the heroes hit a world close to ours but suffocating under a dictatorship. They manage to distribute a copy of the otherwise-unfamilar Bill of Rights by outright email spam.
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spam. Though it's hard to believe that there would be public access to the Internet in J Edgar Hoover's fascist America, or that he'd manage to repress all copies held ''outside'' the USA.
* ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'':
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[[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' the episode "Like Water for Gasoline". Langley, Byers and Frohike are trying to find an experimental prototype water-powered car before an agent of an oil company, who presumably intends to destroy it. It turns out that the agent wants to see it ''mass-manufactured'', and its original creator hid it away because he realized that freedom from oil would ultimately mean more cars and more consumption (a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jevons_paradox Jevons' Paradox]]) - [[NiceJobBreakingItHero his "miracle" would accelerate corporate devastation of the environment rather than stop it.]]
13th Mar '16 2:50:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* An episode of ''TouchedByAnAngel'' revolved around a retired engineer who developed a device that could split water into oxygen and hydrogen [[YouFailPhysicsForever with only a small input of sunlight]]. He sold it to the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive president of an energy company]], who promptly destroyed the prototype and all the plans so that he could keep making a killing on oil.
* An episode of ''{{Sliders}}'' had the heroes hit a world close to ours but suffocating under a dictatorship. They manage to distribute a copy of the otherwise-unfamilar Bill of Rights by outright email spam.

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* An episode of ''TouchedByAnAngel'' ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' revolved around a retired engineer who developed a device that could split water into oxygen and hydrogen [[YouFailPhysicsForever with only a small input of sunlight]]. He sold it to the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive president of an energy company]], who promptly destroyed the prototype and all the plans so that he could keep making a killing on oil.
* An episode of ''{{Sliders}}'' ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' had the heroes hit a world close to ours but suffocating under a dictatorship. They manage to distribute a copy of the otherwise-unfamilar Bill of Rights by outright email spam.



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''TheLoneGunmen'' episode "Like Water for Gasoline". Langley, Byers and Frohike are trying to find an experimental prototype water-powered car before an agent of an oil company, who presumably intends to destroy it. It turns out that the agent wants to see it ''mass-manufactured'', and its original creator hid it away because he realized that freedom from oil would ultimately mean more cars and more consumption (a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jevons_paradox Jevons' Paradox]]) - [[NiceJobBreakingItHero his "miracle" would accelerate corporate devastation of the environment rather than stop it.]]

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''TheLoneGunmen'' ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' episode "Like Water for Gasoline". Langley, Byers and Frohike are trying to find an experimental prototype water-powered car before an agent of an oil company, who presumably intends to destroy it. It turns out that the agent wants to see it ''mass-manufactured'', and its original creator hid it away because he realized that freedom from oil would ultimately mean more cars and more consumption (a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jevons_paradox Jevons' Paradox]]) - [[NiceJobBreakingItHero his "miracle" would accelerate corporate devastation of the environment rather than stop it.]]
1st Feb '16 11:29:03 AM FF32
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* BenFranklin intentionally never patented any of his inventions: ''"as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously"''

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* BenFranklin Creator/BenjaminFranklin intentionally never patented any of his inventions: ''"as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously"''
28th Dec '15 8:39:52 AM JCCyC
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* After Volvo invented the three-point seat belt in 1959, they allowed other car manufacturers to use it for free, believing that increasing the safety of all cars should come before one company's bottom line.

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* After Volvo invented the three-point seat belt in 1959, they allowed other car manufacturers to use it for free, believing that [[HonestCorporateExecutive increasing the safety of all cars cars]] should come [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules before one company's bottom line.line]].
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