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Rejecting the Privatization of Life and Proposing Alternatives

Published in July 2001

This document proposes a critical focus on the different juridical models regarding the structure of the living world and tries to show the problems involved in the extension to living organisms of the law-on-patents model.

The struggle for the recognition of the basic elements of life as not being part of the commercial domain, which is how they are understood and organized by the different technologies that are calling for an unprecedented development of the different branches of genetic engineering is the subject of this Proposal Paper. In Part I, the author outlines a reflection on the concept of the legal regime applied to different forms of the living and the problems raised by the extension of the copyright and patent laws (based on the model of the law on intellectual property) to different categories of living organisms (microorganisms, plants, animals, human beings). In Part II, the author presents problems for the future: the dangers of an unlimited expansion of the patent law as well as a generalized privatization of any genetic resource. Finally, in Part III, the author formulates, in three points, concrete proposals against the privatization model: refusal of the patent, affirmation of the need for democratic oversight and for a debate on the legal forms for the protection of innovations.

Coordinated by ...

- Robert Ali Brac de la Perrière

Biologiste au Centre de Recherches Scientifiques et Techniques sur les régions arides. Président de la Bédé (Bibliothèque d’Echange de Documentation et d’Expériences).

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Topics Included

biodiversity . market regulation . natural resources . science and technology control . technology and viable development . world

Workgroup Papers

Go ! Sustainable Forest Management
Go ! Agriculture and Sustainable Development
Go ! An Energy-efficiency Strategy for the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Civil society and GMOs: What Strategies Should be Applied Internationally?
Go ! Environmental Education
Go ! Food Sovereignty and International Trade Negotiations
Go ! Food, Nutrition, and Public Policies
Go ! Industrial Ecology: Agenda for the Long-term Evolution of the Industrial System
Go ! People’s Right to Feed Themselves and Achieve Food Sovereignty
Go ! Proposals on Food Security
Go ! Proposals Related to the Water Issue
Go ! Rejecting the Privatization of Life and Proposing Alternatives
Go ! Save Our Soils to Sustain Our Societies (SOS2)

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