[ExI] (The Independent 2013-08) Plumpy'Nut: The lifesaver that costs... well, peanuts
atymes at gmail.com
Thu Sep 19 00:11:57 UTC 2013
On Sep 18, 2013 12:51 PM, "Mike Dougherty" <msd001 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM, Ben Zaiboc <bbenzai at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> There's no getting round the fact that if you hold a patent on a
life-saving technology, and enforce that patent to prevent it being
available for cheaper, people will die because of your decision.
> How about using the patent to block for-profit business but not waiving
that option when non-profit and humanitarian/aid providers distribute the
product ? Is that immoral?
Some for profit companies save lives while profiting. Also, in some cases
a for-profit business may be the only option (say, because they have
invested their profits in distribution networks).
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