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Intellectual Property as Capital
Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individaul Authors, March 2002.
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Patent Nonsense ZNet Commentary by George Monbiot. March 19, 2002.
"At the world trade talks in November, the poor nations appeared to win some ground. They would be allowed to continue to import cheap copies of the patented drugs required to fight epidemics. But, though few people spotted it, there was a catch.
"While nations will be permitted to buy these drugs, by 2005 the countries manufacturing them will be forbidden to sell them, with the result that the rules defending public health won't be worth the paper they're written on. At a meeting last week, the European Union seemed prepared to compromise on this issue, but the US wouldn't budge."
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