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August 10, 2005
Who Are You Calling a Thief?
Derek Slater has the scoop on a new counter-propaganda campaign tailor-made for copyfighters:
Never afraid to reach new heights on the unintentional comedy scale, Microsoft UK debuted its Thought Thieves film competition in May. Microsoft called for original videos "about people stealing the ideas in your head" [PDF] and "intellectual property theft."
To counter this misleading campaign, a few good souls "stole" the idea and started the Thought Thieve$ film competition "about big companies stealing and profiting from the knowledge commons."
Think about it: how would you feel if you saw your cultural traditions, collective creativity, thousands-year-old seed strains, indigenous medicinal knowledge, or even your very genetic code being passed off as the property of some multinational corporation? What would you do?
More information on the competition is available here
. As Derek says, feel free to "steal" the info and pass it along.
Update: previous Copyfight coverage: In the "Are You S***ting Me?" Category
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