The appeal of Jefferson's open source model
Author: Latha Jishnu
Richard Anthony Jefferson is a rare breed of scientist, perhaps, one of a kind. It's not merely because he is a skilled juggler and dancer, and an accomplished musician who plays the blues, Celtic, bluegrass and other styles on his guitar and mandolin. The American-born molecular biologist, who runs the pathbreaking Cambia, a non-profit institute in Canberra, is what I'd call a people's scientist because he has steadfastly tried to democratise the mechanisms for sharing innovations and intellectual property. That's the anti-thesis of how the global patent system works. Here, IP is milked by the big corporations for all it is worth and for increasingly longer periods now...
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