Re: Baha'i Faith and Intellectual Property Rights

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Posted by Brett Zamir ( on July 21, 2002 at 04:15:48:

In Reply to: Baha'i Faith and Intellectual Property Rights posted by Mike on July 21, 2002 at 03:49:16:

I'm not sure of anything dealing specifically with this, but I think the following could be interpreted to refer to it at least somewhat:

"Development strategy, while acknowledging the wide differences of individual capacity, must take as a major goal the task of making it possible for all of the earth's inhabitants to approach on an equal basis the processes of science and technology which are their common birthright. Familiar arguments for maintaining the status quo grow daily less compelling as the accelerating revolution in communication technologies now brings information and training within reach of vast numbers of people around the globe, wherever they may be, whatever their cultural backgrounds."
(Prosperity of Humankind, section IV, at

Of course, we are to follow the law, too, so this is apparently urging changes, though it might not be spelled out as to how--whether by self-regulation of business, compensation given to companies by government to make their patents publicly available, or laws against certain patenting/copyrighting, etc.

I'm not really knowledgeable on this, so I'm just offering my own understanding here.

best wishes,

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