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I am going to make a few comments in the spirit of those made by Josh. I think the topic of Dan's paper is very interesting. It covers a lot of ground, and I do not have time to talk about more than a single issue. Josh's began discussing the similarity between academic research and open source, and then analyzed GPL. I want to go back to the first issue Josh raised and argue that, unlike Josh, I see some fairly significant differences between open source software and genomics. I want to talk about the cooperative ethic in the open source movement and compare it to the cooperative ethic in bioinformatics and argue that I do not see the ethic being as sustainable in the genomics world as it is in the open source world.


Part of a symposium on Bioinformatics and Intellectual Property law.

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