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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

The dangers of IP: Vaidhyanathan series
Siva Vaidhyanathan continues to write a series of ambitious, firebranding articles to openDemocracy.org: on p2p, on filesharing for culture and diversity, and on science. Vaidhyanathan rips open the intellectual property holders' drive for increased control at a planetary level.

To their credit, openDemocracy is supporting critics who respond to Vaidhyanathan.

Some good Sivamemes for use in the IP struggle:

"We often mistake the collection of end-products of culture – the symphonies and operas, novels and poems – that have survived the rigorous peer review of markets and critics as the culture itself. Culture is not the sum of its products. It is the process that generates those products. And if it is working properly, culture is radically democratic, vibrant, malleable, surprising, and fun. "

"Now, rhymes and rhythms from all corners of the Earth are available in malleable form at low cost to curious artists everywhere. Peer-to-peer has gone global. Of course, there are some big economic and technological hurdles to overcome before it can affect all cultural traditions equally. As the differences narrow, how will the availability of a vast and already stunningly diverse library of sounds change creativity and commerce? Won’t all music be “world music?”"

"Science is the most successful, open and distributed communicative system human beings have ever created and maintained."

"Proprietary control of databases of essential genetic information, for instance, raised the specter of redundant, imperfect, competitive private databases that would simultaneously lower the profits for companies that maintain them and raise transaction costs for companies that wish to use the information to develop drugs or therapies. "

Have a good honeymoon, Siva.
:: posted by Bryan, 1:26 PM |

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