Open source is anti-capitalism says confused International Intellectual Property Alliance – reminds me of pharma companies suing Nelson Mandela

Another bizarre headline this week .. Open source is anti-capitalism says confused International Intellectual Property Alliance

It turns out that the International Intellectual Property Alliance, an umbrella group for organisations including the MPAA and RIAA, has requested with the US Trade Representative to consider countries like Indonesia, Brazil and India for its “Special 301 watchlist” because they use open source software.

What’s Special 301? It’s a report that examines the “adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights” around the planet – effectively the list of countries that the US government considers enemies of capitalism. It often gets wheeled out as a form of trading pressure – often around pharmaceuticals and counterfeited goods – to try and force governments to change their behaviours.

Being capitalistic and an advocate of Open source but within the wider ecosystem, this article shows the stupidity of bodies who confuse many different things – ex RIAA etc are concerned with protecting content(like music) which is not the same as code .. ex – if I voluntarily decide to make code (or for that matter) content open sourced, this should be fine .. It is not anti-capitalistic

Such stupidity is on par with Phama companies suing Nelson Mandela and South Africa for rights to affordable medicine

In the end, it benefits no one ..