Friday, January 20, 2006

Anarchy and science

IPKat is a blog that has some useful information on intellectual property, but that takes its subject (and itself) rather too seriously. (Except when it is busy infringing authors' and photographers' copyright in words and images reproduced in the blog).

The Kat is not impressed by a survey that claims that patents are having a chilling effect on scientific research:

IP rights are bound to have a chilling effect on anything that tends towards anarchy, just as road traffic laws have a chilling effect on the freedom of motorists to drive around residential neighbourhoods at top speed ...

It is rather more pertinent to consider whether this "tendency towards anarchy" helps or hinders science, rather than make tendentious comparisons with road safety law.

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