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Colmcille and the Battle of the Book: Technology, Law and Access to Knowledge in 6th Century Ireland

@inproceedings{Corrigan2007ColmcilleAT,
  title={Colmcille and the Battle of the Book: Technology, Law and Access to Knowledge in 6th Century Ireland},
  author={R. Corrigan},
  year={2007}
}
Many hundreds of years before the GPL was even a twinkle in Richard Stallman's eye, an Irish monk proved to be an unlikely champion of the geeky A2K notion of access to knowledge. The short version of the story of Colmcille and the battle of the book goes something like this - One monk copied another monk's manuscript. The second monk objected and they settled things the way they did in those days, with 3000 people getting killed in the resulting battle. The interesting thing from the A2K… Expand
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44 He had also, if legend is to be believed, spent several years getting there and narrowly evading his pursuers
  • 44 He had also, if legend is to be believed, spent several years getting there and narrowly evading his pursuers
45 St Brendan's advocacy would have been colourful in the custom of the time
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