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The Unlicense is a template for disclaiming copyright interest in software you've written and dedicating your software to the public domain.
The Unlicense is a template for disclaiming copyright interest in software you've written and dedicating your software to the public domain.

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The lack of pharmaceutical patents in India enabled competition that drove down standard HIV drug cocktail prices by 99%, from $10,000+ in 2000 to just $100 today, saving 14 million people in 60 countries. However, now first-world countries and Big Pharma are once again attempting to make India swallow their bitter pill of patent monopolies, ending the era of affordable life-saving medicine. Here's how you can do your little bit to help stop them.

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The growth in Unlicense adoption is clearly discernible in GitHub's just-published licensing statistics: we're at soon 2% of "licensed" projects (or, about 1 in 50 repositories from this sample). That's a total of 70,000+ public-domain projects.

To put this in perspective, Unlicense adoption by GitHub users is already more than a fifth (⅕) that of GPLv3 adoption. All this with zero budget, relying on word of mouth to spread an idea whose time has come.

Also noteworthy is that more than 80% of all GitHub repositories don't have any license at all, and the supermajority of the ~20% licensed repositories are using a highly permissive license (mostly, the MIT license). Copyleft is withering away, as is the copyright monopoly as a belief system. Here's to a bright post-copyright future!

"I propose we start referring to patents as WID -- weapons of innovation destruction." -- Stephan Kinsella

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Intellectual property law is ridiculous: http://www.nostate.com/514/and-you-agree/

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The copyright industry is becoming desperate enough that they now intend to make sure children are indoctrinated well and good already during their formative years in support of the continuation of the copyright monopoly construct:

"The Center for Copyright Information, a partnership between the MPAA, RIAA and five large U.S. Internet providers, is teaching copyright classes in California public schools. The group, which also heads the six-strikes alert system, has developed a curriculum targeted at kids from kindergarten through sixth grade."

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Rick Falkvinge's latest column: "For teenagers today, the copyright monopoly is something that the establishment uses to punish them for enjoying culture and science, to censor their protests and voices, and to prevent their art from reaching an audience. As these people grow older and come into policymaking positions, at what point will they just kill the monopoly altogether?"

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Ten years on, The Pirate Bay has made it clear that no laws in the world can shut down a service wanted by hundreds of millions of people. It will keep decentralizing to protect itself from legal assaults, says Swedish Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge.

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What if the copyright monopoly had existed in Shakespeare's time?
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