March 4, 2010
Copyright laws and patents are destroying creativity and life as we know it. Youtube is home to some of the most unique creative content the world has ever known. It is a conglomerate of the the creative minds of everyone in the world. However, when a video of a dancing baby is pulled from Youtube because a copyrighted song is being played in the background, copyright laws have gone too far. Luckily cooler heads prevailed in this case and the courts decided the video was covered under fair use, but too often this is not the case. Similarly, biomedical research companies feel they have the right to patent certain Gene sequences. This implies that if you have a specific rare gene sequence previously thought to only have been made in a lab by humans, you can be sued. Where is the logic in that?