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“But senior people in the Gates organization very clearly sent out the message: Pooling was unnecessary and counterproductive. They dampened early enthusiasm by saying that I.P. is not an access barrier in vaccines. That’s just demonstratively false.”

Appears there was a chance for a good thing, but was preempted by Gates and his venture in March.

a Gates Foundation spokesperson pointed me to a piece by its CEO, Mark Suzman, arguing that “IP fundamentally underpins innovation, including the work that has helped create vaccines so quickly.”

It’s weird (as a non-IP owner) to see this appear here, I understand the work is valuable but would have thought that there were other ways to capitalize on this without slowing down the vaccine rollout.

Ive begun to see things about his (Gates) work with farmers and seeds in India as well, so perhaps there’s a chance that more scrutiny will continue to appear.


Why is this alt-right crap on a free software sub. First, conspiracy theorists thought Bill Gates wanted to microchip them with 5G mind control devices in the vaccines, and now they’re saying he’s impeding them. Stick with a story.


This isn’t alt-right, conspiracy theory, or antivax. It is a commentary on intellectual property, which is relevant to ! (which isn’t strictly a free software comm, mind you)


How is this alt-right?

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Some beliefs include but aren’t limited to:

  • That copyright should expire after a certain period of time.
  • That knowledge should be available to people, not locked away.
  • That no entity should have unjust control or possession of others.
  • That mass surveillance is about mass control, not justice.
  • That we can all band together to help liberate each other.

Check out this link for more.


I’ve looked into the ways other forums handle rules, and I’ve distilled their policies down into two simple ideas.

  • Please show common courtesy: Let’s make this community one that people want to be a part of.

  • Please keep posts generally on topic

  • No NSFW content

  • When sharing a Libre project, please include the name of its license in the title. For example: “Project name and summary (GPL-3.0)”

Libre culture is a very very broad topic, and while it’s perfectly okay for a conversation to stray, I do ask that we keep things generally on topic.

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