Gene Pat. vs. Altruism
Gordon D. Pusch
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Tue Aug 13 13:12:24 EST 2002
Daeron <daeron at nojunk-fandom.net> writes:
> For those universities etc. who have been developing many key technologies
> (from IT to medical) used in this kind of research; have any of them given
> consideration to placing a GNU style license upon their technologies.
University administrators very much like money, too, and are every bit
as eager to profit from patents on gene ``discoveries'' made by their
researchers as ``for-profit'' corporations are.
The simple fact is, ``money makes the world go around,'' even in the ivory
towers of academia. University administrators =VERY= aggressively pursue
any new source of revenue, and in fact exhibit quite ``greedy'' behavior,
contrary to the common stereotype that universities are ``altruistic''
institutions that pursue ``pure knowledge'' and the ``common good of all
Indeed, many universities _require_ their researchers to pursue and report
any potentially patentable applications of their research to the university's
``intellectual property'' lawyers as a matter of stated policy.
-- Gordon D. Pusch
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