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Tech Central Station: Open Source Drug Development

May 19, 2004, 00:15 (6 Talkback[s])

"This proposal is closely connected to a phenomenon called the Free Culture Movement, which was profiled in the New York Times Magazine in February, and which seems to be opposed to intellectual property and markets as a means of organizing any economic activity involving creativity. Most of its attention has been focused on music and movies and the issue of P2P file-sharing (they are for it), and on software. The pharmaceutical issue is a new departure, but it is not a surprise to find that among the 69 "respected scientists and economists' who signed the WIPO letter are many familiar names from the controversies over entertainment and software, including a passel of law professors, 'public interest' advocates, and free software gurus. A couple of prominent economists did indeed join, though their ability to retain the title 'respected' if they continue to travel in such company is in doubt..."

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