Open source seeds

Last week, the Open Source Seed Initiative released 29 new varieties of 14 different food crops. The new seeds cannot legally be brought under any kind of IP protection, nor can any future varieties bred or otherwise created from them.

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  1. Woohoo! I hope this catches on and survives challenges which I am sure will come.

  2. I'm really happy to hear this, awesome news!!!

    BUT I'm even more sad that it is even necessary. If anything belongs in the commons it is all the various genomes in nature and all of their infinite possible variations, even newly developed ones. It shouldn't be possible to copyright any genetics or seeds, imho.

  3. Yeah, there's a fundamental disconnect between patents and biology, since patents seek to control when and where things are reproduced, and most plants and animals just reproduce whenever it's possible. You can't really square the two unless you think it's okay to steal the commons from the public.

  4. Wow! I'm wondering if we'll have eco-warriors that will spread these seeds into Monsanto's source fields (or even plant them within 30 miles). When Monsanto tries to sell the seed... BAM, their entire genome is forced to be laid open.

    They weren't kidding when they warned us the copy-left licenses were viral...I need to turn this into a short story STAT. smiley

  5. Yeah, it just means I've got to CC licence it too when I reverse-engineer it to destroy mankind.

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