ZNet: Something New in Free Software?
Jan 31, 2004, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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..."