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Author Tweddle-Crorey, Karen
Title Ownership in biological technology
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Descript 66 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 46-04, page: 1859
Adviser: Lisa Maruca
Thesis (M.I.S.)--Wayne State University, 2008
What is it to be human? It is compelling to think of bits of code translated through digital means in order to get a picture of a person on a monitor, or genetic code assembled into tissue, arranged to form a three-dimensional air-breathing human. The technological and molecular revolutions may have more in common than we could ever imagine. Specifically, these innovations could relate on a legal platform in the area of authorship, copyright and patenting. The science fiction story, Blade Runner, is used as a metaphor through this thesis. Director Ridley Scott paints a picture of a futuristic authorship scenario, with the Tyrell Corporation patenting synthetically bred humans called "replicants." In essence, these are human clones for consumerist purposes in a future society. I also discuss authorship by drawing a cultural, philosophical, legal and an international view to the patenting of human biological elements. I have concerns that as a society, we may be dehumanizing ourselves by patenting genes and tissues, choosing profits over the sharing of knowledge. Further, considering how the episode of everlasting copyright has played out in the American courts, in reference to the Eldred v. Ashcroft case challenging the Copyright Term Extension Act; it seems that we are doomed to follow a similar path. Life could be copyrighted as a book or idea, and patenting could follow a similar scenario. Copyright extensions of "limited terms" could add up to a nearly perpetual time allowance of ownership. We might even question if practically perpetual copyright is crimping free speech and culture?
School code: 0254
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 46-04
Subject Law
Computer Science
Alt Author Wayne State University
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