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On Thu, 25 Oct 2001, Randy Smith wrote:
> Science should of course be protected by law.
as did Rafal, in a different post.
Most real basic research (at least in bio) doesn't depend on
intellectual property business models in the first place. As I'm
beginning to understand it, it's largely funded by a public and
private sector bounty system. "I'll award a $40,000 grant to the
research team whose proposed experiment seems to hold the most promise
for someday treating or curing my favorite or least favorite disease".
When I get my first publication in, I won't complain if somebody does
me the honor of putting it on BearShare or LimeWire. The more people
read my work, the more I'll get cited, and the more happening my field
of study will become. This is not a new ethic in academia; it not only
predates the hacker ethic, but may actually be the foundation of it.
This has not yet percolated into applied research. Maybe there are
practical obstacles that need to be addressed, or maybe it's simple
friction and resistance to change. This is worth delving deper into.
* I believe that the majority of the world's Muslims are good, *
* honorable people. If you are a Muslim and want to reassure me and *
* others that you are part of this good, honorable majority, all *
* you need to say are nine simple words: "I OPPOSE the Wahhabi cult *
* and its Jihad." *
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