“… as Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing put it:
Three or four billion years ago, by some process that we don’t understand, molecules began to copy themselves. We are the distant descendants of those early copyists – copying is in our genes. We have a word for things that don’t copy: ‘dead’.”
H/t Mcneil, writing in Hitler’s XBox: How Copyright Laws Threaten Our Mashup Culture.