quinta-feira, dezembro 28, 2006

Scrooge e a propriedade intelectual

Editorial no British Medical Journal, 23.12.06
por Joseph Stiglitz, galardoado com o Prémio Nobel da Economia.

Scrooge and intellectual property rights

At Christmas, we traditionally retell Dickens's story of Scrooge, who cared more for money than for his fellow human beings. What would we think of a Scrooge who could cure diseases that blighted thousands of people's lives but did not do so? Clearly, we would be horrified. But this has increasingly been happening in the name of economics, under the innocent sounding guise of "intellectual property rights."

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