Re: Yet another IP argument (was Re: My Extropian Manifesto...)

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Sat Aug 12 2000 - 19:14:14 MDT

Zero Powers wrote:
> >From: "Loree Thomas" <>
> >From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> > > If I grab your DNA (and possibly your spouses as well) and produce a
> >dozen
> > > of your offspring, not only have I made you responsible for 12 people
> >without
> > > your consent,
> >
> >Sorry, that doesn't follow. If you produce them, they are YOUR offspring,
> >not mine. The source of the genetic material is, well, immaterial! Your
> >could have stolen it... you could have coded it from the ground up... who
> >cares? It's just bits of information until some entity (you, in this case)
> >acts to turn those bits into a human being. By your argument, a scientist
> >who created an organism out of whole cloth wouldn't be responsible for that
> >organism (he wasn't the donor for the genetic material)... in fact, since
> >there was no donor, no one would be responsible for it.
> Not to mention the fact that there wouldn't be a drop of semem in any sperm
> bank on Earth if the donor was financially (or otherwise) responsible for
> all the children fertilized from his donation. Think about it.

Yet every legal precedent in the country states that ultimately it is
the biological parents who are responsible for their biological


Mike Lorrey

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