Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Widespread Distribution of Thought

Excellent comments on copyright law over on Brent’s site. And that’s only one issue that probably has our Founding Fathers rolling in their graves.

The current state of Copyright, Patent, and Trademark law in the United States is really pretty shameful. It seems as though big money interests have bought and paid for the right to “own” any kind of intellectual property in perpetuam, and to control where and when the average citizen may have the privilege to access it. And I’m not just talking about the music and movie/television industries, either. Think about the fact that biotech and pharmecutical firms have patents on gene sequences — Many people are travelling to Ontario, which is ignoring a patent on a test for breast cancer. And don’t get me started on software patents…..

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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