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(USA Today) NewsFlash Human genes not susceptible to patent trolls   ( ) divider line 13
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2013-06-13 11:02:08 AM  
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dartben: And yes, SCOTUS said naturally occurring DNA is not patentable, but artificially created DNA can be patented.

That's weird. Computer code is covered by copyright, not patent. Artificial DNA seems like a pretty close analogue of code.

Maybe better that way, since patent only lasts about 20 years, and copyright goes for however long Disney says it does.
2013-06-13 10:40:57 AM  
3 votes:
2013-06-13 11:23:35 AM  
2 votes:
Mickey Mouse enters the public domain in 2019, I believe. Look for a new copyright extension law in 2018.
2013-06-13 11:03:00 AM  
2 votes:
I would like to think this was a no brainer, but with this court, let's just say that I am pleased.
2013-06-13 10:52:14 AM  
2 votes:
And yes, SCOTUS said naturally occurring DNA is not patentable, but artificially created DNA can be patented.
2013-06-13 03:15:47 PM  
1 vote:

Gone to Plaid: Setting Mickey Mouse aside, it's interesting that almost all of Disney's classic characters were derived from other literary works.  If it wasn't for the fact that these were in the public domain due to the copyright laws at the time, there would be no Snow White, Cinderalla, etc.


Snow White and Seven Dwarves - public domain story
Pinocchio - public domain story
Cinderella - public domain story
Alice in Wonderland - public domain story
Sleeping Beauty - public domain story
The Sword in the Stone - public domain story
The Jungle Book - public domain story
The Little Mermaid - public domain story
Beauty and the Beast - public domain story
Aladdin - public domain story
Pocahontas - public domain story
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - public domain story
Hercules - public domain story
Mulan - public domain story
Tarzan - public domain story
Robin Hood - public domain story

The Adventures of Mr. Ichabod and Mr. Toad - an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (a public domain story)
Oliver and Company - an adaptation of Oliver Twist (a public domain story)
Treasure Planet - an adaptation of Treasure Island (a public domain story)
The Lion King - an adaptation of Hamlet (a public domain story)
Disney built its empire on the public domain.  If any company owes its success to the existence of a vibrant and open public domain, it is Disney.

Which makes its frequent campaigning for longer copyright terms (which effectively freezes the public domain in place) especially ironic.
2013-06-13 01:07:49 PM  
1 vote:
2013-06-13 12:24:26 PM  
1 vote:
My first thought is, "What is this going to do to the story line of Orphan Black?*
2013-06-13 11:25:46 AM  
1 vote:

Teiritzamna: Life of the Author +70 years was Europe's idea, not Disney's.

And we all know that we have to do anything Europe does, if it benefits a corporation somewhere.
2013-06-13 11:15:53 AM  
1 vote:
Michael Crichton is pleased.
2013-06-13 11:02:30 AM  
1 vote:

raerae1980: But, what does this mean, "The justices said it can patent a type of DNA that goes beyond extracting the genes from the body."

You take multiple bits of naturally occurring DNA and recombine them into a new, non naturally occurring sequence.  This you can patent.
2013-06-13 10:42:51 AM  
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Diogenes: Well there goes many Farkers' dreams of cloning Angelina's boobs.

No, you can still do that, but you have to make it freely available to everyone, I guess.
2013-06-13 10:38:58 AM  
1 vote:

Deal with it
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