What are we going to do about Copyright?

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Fri Nov 1 08:18:04 CST 1996

Barbara's comment on names (see below) reminded me of something that came
up briefly a year or so ago.  As I recall, there has been discussion of
countries (or other groups) claiming ownership of the genome of native
plants, apparently with the intent of receiving revenue from development
of commercial genotypes, e.g., cultivars developed for drug production or
as food crops.

Does anyone out there know what might be happening on this front?

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On Thu, 31 Oct 1996, Barbara Ertter wrote:

> Hey, isn't anybody else going to comment on the obvious connection between
> the two current threads on TAXACOM?  I mean, just THINK of the money that
> would come flowing in to support taxonomy if every user of a scientific
> name had to pay for the right!  Or would this just further drive all
> non-taxonomists to use common names, which I assume are in the public
> domain (or maybe not).
> I THINK I'm just kidding...
> Dr. Barbara Ertter
> ertter at ucjeps.herb.berkeley.edu
> University and Jepson Herbaria
> 1001 VLSB #2465
> University of California
> Berkeley, CA  94720-2465 USA
> 510-642-2465
> FAX 510-643-5390

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