Urban Reappropriation (@urbanreappropriation@todon.nl)

Capitalism is really an incredible system, isn’t it folks? RT @marmitemarmz@twitter.com A medical device manufacturer has threatened to sue a group of volunteers in Italy that 3D printed a valve used for life-saving coronavirus treatments The valve costs $11,000 from the manufacturer, but the volunteers were able to print replicas for $1 https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/17/21184308/coronavirus-italy-medical-company-threatens-sue-3d-print-valves-treatments 🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/marmitemarmz/status/1240244639162150913


Patents and copyrights are an idiotic system rn, a free market would have promoted the volunteers who had competetive prices.


money is just the wrong motivation in my opinion. For instance, in capitalism (and of course also in a “free market”), it does make a lot of sense to steal content of others (for instance, public domain things, free software, etc.) and try to sell it. Companies usually have a good financial background, so they have better marketing.

So for companies in a capitalistic system, it is profitable and interesting to do immorally things.


How did they get their financial background? Investors, debt, but they need to make that money back. If a company does something that you think is “immoral”, you don’t buy from them. If enough people think the same, they will go bankrupt. Whistleblowers are one of the most important people just because of this. They spread companies’ secrets, thus we can make better choices with our money. “Vote with your money.” (Why isn’t this happening rn? Big companies gain political power thus influence regulations in their favor. If the government is small they couldn’t do this.)


Not sure how this works internationally, but there are provisions to violate patents during a health crisis:


They still have to settle up after the crisis, apparently. OTOH, I’m not sure we have a patent violation in the first place. IIRC, it’s perfectly legal to replicate a patent and make what you want as long as you don’t sell whatever you make. If these valves were not being sold by the volunteers, I don’t see how anyone can make a claim regardless of the emergency state of things.


In my opinion they should have been able to sell it even if it’s not an emergency.

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