Peter – I’m glad you didn’t find this completely objectionable. (For the benefit of other readers of this thread, we should make it clear that you are a former lawyer, and now an English teacher and poet.) And the following –
a distinction between protecting ideas and protecting the expression of ideas
– makes me wish I had bounced a draft of this off you before I published it, which I almost did.
No one will ever accuse small children of lacking ego, but I guess I know what you mean: they seem much less attached to their artistic and literary products than we adults are. They want to be praised for them, but after that they don’t care. Kind of like bloggers.