Greatest Ancient Library Built on Piracy

I thought of you when I read this quote from “BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google” by John Palfrey –

“A primary means of adding to the Library of Alexandria’s collection— much larger than Ebla’s— was by fiat. Any ship that landed in the port of Alexandria had its books confiscated so that they could be copied and then returned.”

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While copyright as we know it did not exist in ancient times, I find it interesting that you could not build one of the ancient wonders of the world if you had to contend with modern copyright law.

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