This is America
"Information wants to be free" + "Life finds a way" = "Genes want to be spread"?
@Thunderfree It doesn't say you can't have it pollinated by bees and spread via seeds, that's probably the loophole
@rick_777 @LilFluff @cdmnky @Thunderfree I once have written a basic worldbuilding of a Sci-Fi story in 2015. It's about a future where programmable bioware is already in common use, mostly proprietary. e.g. Monsanto's crops would have builtin DRM in DNA, enforced genetically. A bio-chem-electrical equipment interacts with bioware: a synthesizer plugged on the computer converts crypto keys into equivalent chemical signals, enabling growth. Failure to comply the license will trigger its self-destruction.
@aliasless you can patent the breeding process (similar to the manufacturing process) and the genetic makeup itself (mainly GMOs) is my guess
but the fact that you have to get a license and pay royalties just to grow a copy of your plant is absolute bull
@cdmnky Plant before reproduction: Hang on, let me check the legal handbook first.
@cdmnky wait hold on. some dude patented a plant??
@cdmnky looks like it's crime time
"Keep circulating the pollen"
@cdmnky this world is going to hell :(
@cdmnky "You wouldn't download a plant"
@cdmnky arrested for plant crimes
@cdmnky Just as a quick history lesson for anyone who might not know: plant patent laws have existed in the USA for about a hundred years now, so plant breeders wouldn't starve - specifically Luther Burbank, who is responsible for breeding hundreds of fruit trees, some of which are still used today. He is probably best known for breeding the Santa Rosa plum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_Patent_Act_of_1930 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Burbank
@cdmnky Craig Vintner may be no Somnelier or Coffee Guru, but you bet his tongue can pick out a lawsuit-worthy sample of DNA
@cdmnky Meh, just grow it out for your own personal use and to gift to other people. If you aren't moving into their plants market and making an actual profit, or being really public about giving/selling clones of their plants away, they aren't going to do anything.
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