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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

DPR at 11:17 AM [url]:

Reed gets IP3 Award from Public Knowledge

I really don't like tooting my own horn. So forgive me if it seems like I am doing that. I'm getting an IP3 award tomorrow from Public Knowledge, a group whose work I appreciate very much. Very few organizations stand up for the social goods that result from open sharing of information these days.

The bizarre metaphors that surround treating collaboration and creativity with zero-sum concepts like land and consumable resources are being used to construct legal theories and policies that are, in my opinion, threatening to destroy science, art, and social progress, three causes that depend on cooperation and joint investment in a shared future.

It used to go without saying that our children would inherit the incredible wealth of knowledge created by their forebears. Now I'm much less sure. The children who happen to choose the right parents might be just fine, but in a plausible future, a child of poverty might actually have to pay royalties in order to apply the knowledge of the human genome to stop an epidemic, tell a joke, paint a picture with a certain kind of brushstroke, or go into business selling her or his problem-solving skills.

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