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Re: [dvd-discuss] Celebs against shorter patent duration

On Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at 12:33  PM, mickeym wrote:

> http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,64584,00.html
> I wasn't aware that there was a bill to shorten the patent duration 
> for drugs, but it doesn't surprise me who else (besides the drug co's) 
> would be against it. I still can't reconcile the huge difference 
> between patent vs copyright duration. I suppose I'm actually okay with 
> the 17 year patent, in contrast to the 95+ year copyright.

Ugh. I just saw an ad in the WAshington Post from PhRMA-- showing a 
picture of a senior citizen, captioned "She didn't live through two 
surgeries a stroke, and 14 of the cruelest winters on record only to be 
threatened by reimported drugs."

I guess the PhRMA is, on record, of the opinion that those doomed to 
live in Canada are ingesting poisons in in pill form.