Biopiracy: Intellectual Property as a Tool For Development
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Meera Sivasothy navigates us through a short exposé on how a debate taking place in the European Parliament could change the way we think about international development.
A debate is taking place in the European parliament over a draft biopiracy law that would require the pharmaceutical industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of local knowledge, such as plant-based medicines. Biopiracy is the commercialisation of indigenous knowledge and is an offence in a number of national legislations around the world, including India.
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