Re: intellectual property (Re: Totalitarian Assumptions in I, Robot)

From: Thomas Buckner (
Date: Tue Feb 22 2005 - 04:28:40 MST

--- Phil Goetz <> wrote:

> --- Thomas Buckner <>
> wrote:
> > Monsanto sues
> > farmers for keeping seeds (standard farming
> > practice for the last ten thousand years, for
> > god's sake!)
> Those farmers were told when they bought the
> seeds
> that they could NOT keep and sell the next
> year's
> seeds.
> I don't understand how intelligent people can
> be opposed to intellectual property. I don't
> know whether that's an SL4 topic or not.
> The notion of abolishing intellectual property
> is maybe SL3?
> - Phil

The genes can get into neigboring unbought grain,
be detected there and charged for, among other
things. I worry about the IP War which is now
going on for a number of reasons, one of them
being the hypothetical that someone could patent
something the world needs and then sit on it
(rumors abound that this has been happening in
the energy industry, even among engineers). An
avenue to FAI might get shut down because it
requires violating someone else's patents.

Tom Buckner

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