What Monsanto and “Food, Inc” have in common
Close, but don't light those cigars yet, fellas: The blog Monsanto According to Monsanto writes that "Food, Inc.," like all movies, represents the intellectual property of the people who spent their time, effort, and money into the production of the film. Monsanto's patented seeds are the equivalent of the film, it says: its investigators and legal teams who pursue IP-stealing farmers are no different than movie-theater workers who confiscate video cameras, and studio lawyers will be on the lookout for bootleg copies. The analogy almost works. But the makers of "Food Inc" actually have control over their IP: frames from the documentary don't blow around and cross-pollinate other documentaries (although that would be cool). And we have yet to see any movie industry personnel granted the right to come into the average citizen's house and scan their computer looking for illegal downloads. (Monsanto According to Monsanto)
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