The internet is a cornucopia of information, spreading ideas across the world in a matter of milliseconds. While there isn’t necessarily any sole ownership claimed to the Internet, each blog post, picture or opinionated Facebook rant sent out into the World Wide Web holds some degree of intellectual property, protecting every blogger, journalist or average Joe’s right to freedom of speech.
In 1929, American journalist George Seldes published “You Can’t Print That,” an exposé of media censorship and government control over the press. In it, Seldes published a 1918 interview with Paul von Hindenburg, the German field marshal during World War I.
The information Hindenburg revealed during the interview could have seriously changed the course of history: Seldes claimed that Hindenburg’s information ”would have destroyed the main planks of the platform on which Hitler rose to power.”
However, military censors stopped Hindenburg’s information from ever being published, which is something that Seldes fought strongly against during his career as a journalist.