As Prometheus brought man the gift of fire in Greek mythology, carrying it down Mount Olympus on a large fennel stalk against Zeus’ will, he was horribly punished — a giant eagle would eat his liver each day, to have it regrow at night.
This tale is fascinating, and it tells us something about human nature in regards to the copyright monopoly and patent monopolies. The event where Prometheus brings fire to mankind is regarded as the spark that dawned civilization of humankind — not just a milestone, but more or less the start of recorded time.
I find it thoroughly fascinating, that even in the millennia-old Greek mythology, people were punished horribly by those with more muscle for sharing knowledge that was crucial to the advancement of mankind. There is a duality here: knowledge is immensely advantageous for people, and therefore, there is a punishment for spreading it. This says something about mankind, and it tells us something deeper than just the wrongs of the copyright monopoly and patent monopolies. I think it is more akin to the destructive human nature of kicking away the ladder once some people have reached the top themselves.
(Prometheus was eventually freed from his predicament by Heracles, by the way.)