[pp.int.general] Biological patents
danielrr2 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 23:07:34 CET 2015
James, I don't think that most pirates agree against *all* kind of patents (as they *are* against software patents). But comparing patents on physical things, patenting a new artificial instrument is a very different thing from patenting a piece of a living organism (able, in principle, to reproduce, or to become a part of a reproducible biological organism).
> El 10/12/2015, a las 21:26, James O'Keefe <jokeefe at jamesokeefe.org> escribió:
>> On Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 1:59 PM, Daniel <danielrr2 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Related with the current thread on core tenets of the pirate movement I'd like to know your opinion on whether rejection of biological patents is generally understood as one of these core themes. An absolute rejection of them? With exceptions?
> As far as I know, Pirates reject all patents, so biological patents would also be rejected. Even if not all patents are rejected, then the idea of "no patents on life" aka "No patents on nature" still applies. Why should someone get a patent for making a minor change to DNA (compared to the trillions or more changes evolution has made) or for moving existing DNA from one species to another?
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