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ZNet: Something New in Free Software?

Jan 31, 2004, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"Intellectual property rights and their protection have become the favorite battleground for global capitalistic expansion.

"In developed countries, the most important input (factor) to productive processes of all kinds is know-how, meaning both technology and information workflows. From here, instructions to run and control productive processes of material goods are sent to the developing world, where most of these processes actually take place.

"Patents are a means of satisfying market requirements for transforming knowledge, ('merchandise' that, due to its very nature, can be exchanged indefinitely) into a scarce resource, in such a way that market-driven exploitation and control mechanisms can be applied to them just as with any traditional goods..."

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