Archive for March, 2010

Food and IP

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Here are some movies I think are worth watching about our food supply Strangely, these movies also twist together some of the intellectual property and patent issues I’ve been thinking about recently. Did you know if you grow Monsanto’s patented soybeans, you can’t keep any of the seed you produce? They actually police this. Also, if you’re a non-Monsanto soybean grower next to a Monsanto grower and Monsanto’s plants naturally cross with yours, Monsanto can come and take your crop because of patent infringement?

Food, Inc. (IMDb)
King Corn (IMDb)

Both are available via Netflix streaming, if you have it. I suggest watching King Corn first.

Follow-up on Light Side of the Moon

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

There’s been a flurry of IP talk since my last blog post (http://dansyrstad.com/2010/02/28/the-light-side-of-the-moon/). Here are some posts that I found interesting:

Jonathan Schwartz – Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

Edison’s Patent Enforcement

This Apple-HTC Patent Thing

And a little earlier, Tim Bray – Giving Up on Patents