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Matt Davies

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  1. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release said, about 1 year ago

    Want this stuff in a science book? Pay up! Wanna cure cancer? Pay up! Its all comes down to money!

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Want control over your own genes? Pay up…

  3. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The politicians promised that the economy would be saved by new bio-tech jobs. Oops. We have to give our money to bio-tech?

  4. wolfhoundblues1

    wolfhoundblues1 said, about 1 year ago

    Monsanto has already patented the natural corn along with other non GMO vegetables.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    A few years back, India open sourced all the information they had on the medicinal properties of many of the spices grown and used in the country. US companies were trying to patent the curative properties of spices from India.
    The cartoon isn’t too far from being right. What is worse is how patents are being used to stymie development of new products.
    Monsanto also was able to put through a law that protects them in the event one of their gmo products is found to cause problems for farmers, producers, and/or consumers.
    Protected from litigation in advance.

  6. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    A Senator from Oregon has written a repeal to the Monsanto Protection Act, and let’s hope he’s a really hot lawyer. We really do need a repeal on that one.

    The cartoon is on the money. Did you see that Nestlés is calling for privatization of water resources?

    We really do have to put a stop to this.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    ^^Jeff Merkeley’s bill is a good start, but Monsanto wants to patent oxygen and water, and if you let it cross your “fenceline” they will sue you!

    SCOTUS said “natural” DNA cannot be patented, but human manipulated genes CAN be. Hmm, if they recognize that human “science” and activities can alter crop plants on a world-wide basis, when will folks recognize that those companies, and human activities also can alter climate?

  8. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    my favorite person from the past; Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccination.
    He said something like
    who can patent the sun? I don’t want to get rich from patenting my product, it belongs to everyone.
    Monsanto is the most damaging corporation in the world.
    It’s crazy to patent oxygen and water!
    on water! in Switzerland the owner of Nestle’s says water should not be free.
    How can these criminals get away with doing that?
    This is a major reason I’m against fraking, it uses (wastes) so much water.There have been droughts and water shortages, Texas Buys water from Mexico.
    the next big problem will be that water is so scarce that it will cost more than oil and gas, and water will be needed by so many more.
    you can live long time with the inconvenience of not having oil, but only 2 weeks without water.
    This is NOT a partisan issue, we Have to band together to fight against this future.

  9. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago


    That’s because the Salk inoculation killed a lot of people, so of course he didn’t want the lawsuits attached to his name.

    The Sabin inoculation was much better and much safer. So that one got patented.

  10. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 1 year ago


    Naaah…they want businesses to take credit for their actions, not take blame.
    And as you know, trout, there is an old-fashioned way to alter genes called “breeding.” Tomatoes, corn, apples, bananas…none of them are like their original species. Good thing the SCOTUS didn’t think of that!

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    It’s that “slippery slope” thing. I had a bad feeling when Pat Riley patented (trademarked?) the word “three-peat”. It got worse when Paris Hilton did the same with “It’s Hot.”

    Does anyone have dibs on “Bless you”? I see a pile of money at the end of that rainbow….“Amen?” Somebody stop me!

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The song Happy Birthday to You was written over a hundred years ago but you still have to pay to use it commercially.

  13. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago


    Let this be a lesson to you: the fact that YOU don’t think that what you’ve done needs to create royalty payments does not guarantee that no one can profit from your talent. Think about the guy who didn’t patent the “Smiley Face”…..Wal-Mart would owe him for eternity….

  14. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @I Play One On TV

    There is supposed to be a copywrite for the creator which then expires into public domain. The copywrite on Happy Birthday expired long ago.
    I heard Robert Crumb bemoan the fact that he did not try to copywrite his Keep On Truckin cartoon. Once it was in the public domain he could not retrieve it.

  15. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    It might be noted that Keep On Truckin Mama was the Donovan song that Crumb got his inspiration from.
    Wikipedia has examples of the Smiley Face from 1953 and 1962.
    In 1963, Harvey Ball, an American commercial artist, was employed by State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, Massachusetts (now known as Hanover Insurance) to create a happy face to raise the morale of the employees. Ball created the design in ten minutes and was paid $45.
    Ball sold his rights.
    The rights to the Smiley trademark in one hundred countries are owned by the Smiley company. Its subsidiary SmileyWorld Ltd, in London, headed by Nicolas Loufrani.

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