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Consider a farming population which has used certain agricultural techniques for generations. Now imagine that a big corporation has decided to patent these same techniques, essentially depriving the farmers of the right to use or alter their own methods. What will happen to the agricultural people? Does society benefit from the corporation’s moves?
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Imagine a farmer who is part of a family that has been farming for generations. Each generation has modified and improved the agricultural techniques of the one before. Now imagine that a big corporation has decided to patent these same techniques, essentially depriving the farmers of the right to use or alter their own methods. What will happen to the farmer (and the farm)? Does society really benefit from this kind of corporate monopoly?  
  
Or consider the multibillion dollar pharmaceutical industry. Many pharmaceutical patents prevent low-cost drugs from being distributed to the people who need them, for example AIDS patients in Africa who can’t afford to buy proper medication.
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Or consider the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry. Today, long-lasting pharmaceutical patents preserve drug companies' monopolies for years. This prevents low-cost drugs from being distributed to the people who need them, such as AIDS patients in Africa who can’t afford expensive medications.
Frustrated by our current intellectual property laws and the stranglehold big biotechnical industries have on our society?
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Are you frustrated by our current intellectual property laws and the stranglehold big biotechnical industries have on our society?
  
 
Do you agree that science should remain as open as possible to promote development, progress, and innovation?   
 
Do you agree that science should remain as open as possible to promote development, progress, and innovation?   
  
Joing the Free Culture Movement. To find out more  
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Imagine a farmer who is part of a family that has been farming for generations. Each generation has modified and improved the agricultural techniques of the one before. Now imagine that a big corporation has decided to patent these same techniques, essentially depriving the farmers of the right to use or alter their own methods. What will happen to the farmer (and the farm)? Does society really benefit from this kind of corporate monopoly?

Or consider the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry. Today, long-lasting pharmaceutical patents preserve drug companies' monopolies for years. This prevents low-cost drugs from being distributed to the people who need them, such as AIDS patients in Africa who can’t afford expensive medications.

Are you frustrated by our current intellectual property laws and the stranglehold big biotechnical industries have on our society?

Do you agree that science should remain as open as possible to promote development, progress, and innovation?

Join the Free Culture Movement. To find out more:

publiclibraryofscience.org - www.free-culture.cc - www.freeculture.org - www.eff.org - www.gnu.org