Jeff Burdges

University of St. Andrews
Lyon, France

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Jeff Burdges
Posted over 2 years ago
If you could open-source one piece of technology, what would you choose and why?
As I understand it, all the expensive research and development for important medications is paid for by governments anyways. Industry only pays for the development of drugs with established markets so they can continue their patent monopoly, sometimes by pushing new drugs that are more dangerous than the generics. We're probably much better off without medical patents overall, some university researcher will still develop the medications, some company will still produce them, maybe you'll need more public funding for clinical trials, but that won't cost much, way less than the drug companies spend on advertising. See : http://falkvinge.net/2011/06/21/ten-myths-about-patents/
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Jeff Burdges
Posted over 2 years ago
If you could open-source one piece of technology, what would you choose and why?
All software --- Way back SCOTUS ruled that utilitarian items like clothing weren't copyrightable, which helped the fashion industry enormously. We should clearly apply this precedent to software as well, especially any non-entertainment oriented software. We would however permit copyrights on software source code, much like clothing designs are copyrightable. We could then permit source code copyright holders to derive a copyright on binary code if and only if they published their source code in a usable form. In short, no copyrights on software unless the software is open source. See : http://www.ted.com/talks/johanna_blakley_lessons_from_fashion_s_free_culture.html