Open Science versus Intellectual Property

by Stephan Kinsella on September 1, 2011

Open Science Summit 2011Lately I’ve been learning more about the Open Science Summit, since I’ll be a panelist at the upcoming 2011 installment (Oct. 22, 2011, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View CA). This is a fascinating and promising movement/group that is devoting a great deal of attention to how IP affects science (for more on the OSS, see The Open Science Shift, Xconomy; Open science: a future shaped by shared experience, The Guardian; footage from last year’s summit is available on the OSS Youtube channel).

In fact a good deal of the Opening Session of the 2010 Open Science Summit was devoted to IP horror stories and ways in which it interferes with science and the spread of knowledge (go to about 8:20 for the beginning of this discussion).

For a related talk, “Science is a Private Good – Or: Why Government Science is Wasteful” (video; audio; and below) delivered at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey,1, by Terence Kealey, a biochemist at the University of Buckingham and author of Sex, Science and Profits and The Economic Laws of Scientific Research.


  1. See my Bodrum Days and Nights: The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society: A Partial Report. []

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Mat Todd September 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Open source drug discovery without patents? That’s a really interesting question, and we’ve kicked off an open project in malaria that anyone can join. See The concept is to sacrifice IP in order to gain the insights of the collective.

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