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Re: [dvd-discuss] "limited times" selectively the gov't "gets it"

On 21 Oct 2002 at 18:34, 78v3rc001@sneakemail.com wrote:

From:           	78v3rc001@sneakemail.com
To:             	dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
Subject:        	Re: [dvd-discuss] "limited times" selectively the gov't "gets it"
Date sent:      	Mon, 21 Oct 2002 18:34:35 -0600
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> I was thinking this exact same thing when NPR had a sound bite with Bush
> talking about generic drugs. I imagined the word "patent" replaced with the word
> "copyright".
> The drug companies have developed expansive legal tactics (shenanigans?) to
> extend profitable expiring drug patents.
> The reason that it is a noticable issue is that this affects seniors
> directly who love to vote. So it really is hard for a politician to ignore
> their voice.
> http://lists.essential.org/pipermail/ip-health/2002-May/003069.html
> So when it comes to medicine, politicians listen. Copyright goes to the
> highest bidder^errr  campaign contributor^errr political supporter.

Yes this is true...dealing with FOUNDATIONS is more difficult than structures 
raised above them. Copyright deals with the foundations of intellectual 

BTW..one quotation from the cnn article

In addition, some patents would no longer be entitled to protections like the
30-month stay, including those on packaging and other features that have little 
to do with innovations in drug therapy, the president said. 

I hate sounding cynical but he doesn't get the picture that THOSE things 
shouldn't be patentable. The Patent system is BROKEN. So is the COPYRIGHT 

> Phill
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Zulauf johnzu-at-ia.nsc.com
> Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 4:15 PM
> Subject: [dvd-discuss] "limited times" selectively the gov't "gets it"
> > Compare and contrast to copyright:
> >
> > New rules proposed to keep down the costs of prescription drugs, and
> > limit the abuse of the Copyright Clause.
> >
> > http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/10/21/bush.generic.drugs/index.html
> >
> > Perhaps we need something similar to the prescription drug issue:
> >
> > The cost of education due to textbooks and other royalty fees?  (most 20
> > year math books would make at good reference for extra math.  Calculus
> > hasn't change much in that time, nor have the first year of college
> > chemistry, physics, et. al.)
> >
> > Global competitiveness -- "little Johnny U. Ess  can't compete with
> > (name foreign country to fear economically here) because all of his
> > multimedia tools are all locked down with DRMs."
> >
> > The choir directors and community orchestras don't seem to have made an
> > impact in Eldred (in terms of the public debate) -- maybe the
> > "education" issue could be used more effectively.
> >
> >
> > ..002 -- as he wonders aloud yet again, if the reason few care about
> > copyrights is that (a) it's still easy to scofflaw copyright and (b)
> > none of this stuff is related to food, clothing, shelter level survival
> > issues (like prescription drugs are).
> >
> >