Remedies for the Perversion of Business Corporations: by Greg MacLeod

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Scientific and technological discoveries do not start from zero; they presuppose a vast accumulation of pre-existing science. The body of science and knowledge that we possess today is the result of generations of investments by a host of governments and public bodies. In many countries universities are a major source of invention and new knowledge. Since governments and society in general support universities it seems unfair that university researchers are allowed to sell their knowledge to the highest bidder as intellectual property. Clearly, it is a distortion when corporations claim absolute ownership of knowledge contents.

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