The following are some basic definitions as a kind of baseline for the
discussion. From here, maybe we can move into the more sophisticated
areas of the social and technological implications in art and culture,
which you have suggested.
Here is Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary's general definition of
"invention" (The Web site will not allow me to copy and paste the
contents. So, you need to click on the link):
Since we are talking about artists as inventors, here is what is
offered by the same source for "inventor" (it redirects one to
Here is the United States Patent and Trademark Office's definition of
"invention" from their glossary at USPTO,
http://www.uspto.gov/main/glossary/index.html. (It is important to
keep in mind that the creators of these definitions have specific
stakes in them in relation to patents and U.S. law.)
Invention: "any art or process (way of doing or making things),
machine, manufacture, design, or composition of matter, or any new and
useful improvement thereof, or any variety of plant, which is or may
be patentable under the patent laws of the United States."
Here is the USPTO definition of "inventor" from the same glossary:
Inventor: "one who contributes to the conception of an invention. The
patent law of the United States of America requires that the applicant
in a patent application must be the inventor."
On 3/2/09, Simón Pérez <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >From Chile:
> I think we need to start this discussion with te parameters and categories
> of what we think is an a invention there social and technological
> implications in art and culture.
> I try to star with this.
> Sorry my bad english
> I think in names: Lawrence Lessig and Richard Stallman
> Simón Pérez Wilson
> Plataforma Cultura Digital
> Investigador CIM / Ae
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