I believe it would be right for common sense to revolt against the extreme claims made today on behalf of "intellectual property." What the law demands today is increasingly as silly as a sheriff arresting an airplane for trespass. But the consequences of this silliness will be much more profound.
It would look very strange, when the Commons of England are so fond of their right of sending representatives to Parliament, that it should be in the power of a sheriff, or other officer, to deprive them of that right, and yet that they should have no remedy; it is a thing to be admired at by all mankind.Holt, C.J., Ashby v. White (1703), 2 Raym. 954.
The bishop is in the nature of an ecclesiastical sheriff.North, C.J., Walwyn v. Awberry and others (1678), 1 Mod. 260.
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