Re: Two Cloning Issues

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 23:07:13 +0100 (MET)

On Mon, 24 Feb 1997, Brian E Watkins wrote:

> On the ownership (copyright) to your genome:
> Your parents composed your genome (unless you are one of those
> newfangled clones, but then you'd be under a year old) from work
> originally composed elsewhere. Thus your parens don't own your genome,
> and can't charge you royalties. You don't own your own genome either.

Hmm, according to Swedish law a collage can be copyrighted, even if it
includes parts of copyrighted work. So if you define yourself to be an
artwork (Automorph artwork), the at least in Sweden I think you could
copyright your genome (I'll discuss it with a lawyer friend. Maybe I
could do it).

> It is apparently possible to clone a good-looking person from a
> good-looking person. Studies indicate that physical appearance is the
> prime determinant of success and happiness in human life. (Height comes
> into it for males, but intelligence and creativity are way down on the
> list for everyone.) This is probably the way to go.

Good point. Of course, using genetic engineering, surgery or cosmetics
appearance can be enhanced too. So maybe we will see a future where some
people clone beautiful people just to be safe, and others dare to compose
new appearances. Hmm, there is a sf story in that...

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