What is biolicense?

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What is biolicense?: philosophical and practical discussion.

Jong Bhak

BiO centre 



Information can be a commercial commodity. However, it is a social infrastructure before any commercial principles are applied as information rights. Human beings are information processing entities. Controlling the exchange and rights of information is fundamentally controlling human beings. The widest segregation among human beings in history can be from the amount of information each human can process. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a basic philosophy and guideline on how we control information in the society. There are many advanced and more open licenses such as opensource and GNU license than conventional copyrights. They are well articulated and precise in terms of contract. BioLicense is not different from them in its basic ideas. A major difference is the philosophy of biolicense is wider and more theoretical. Also, biolicense is based on a phiosophy that all biological objects are basically information processing beings. An extreme Biolicense (BioFreedom license) essentially invalidates any copyrights any human can claim. It aims to build a society where there is no boundary in the exchange and trade of information as the default information property rule.


History of openfree license
The main concepts of openfree biolicense is nothing new. It has been perhaps the default of any human/animal information property ever developed on Earth. Animals learn how to acquire food and find new paths to destinations by observing other animals' behaviours.
Ancient people borrowed books and copied them to keep them for themselves (Ancient Book Copyright) and the contents' rights were implicitly transffered to the copiers.

The particular openfree advocated by BioPeople started in the 1980s. This was directly from the general tradition and culture of Korea(and East Asia) where information property was regarded as public and to be shared unless governments have strong regulation rules (such as knowledge on gunpower production in China and Korea).

In 1990s, when the internet became widely available, many software packages were pirated by poor students, poor nationals and criminals. Except the criminals, most piracy was for personal productivity or interest. This caused some people develop shareware, freeware and opensource schemes to benefit both developers and illegal users. Around this time, all over the world, some software developers who know the value and works of software, proposed opensource and sharing copyrights.

In the mid 1990s, in Cambridge, England, bioinformatics, a small group of bioinformatics experts maintained very open and sharing attitude toward using software. This resulted in openfree scheme for IPs. Also, the term BioLicense was coined around this time.

The very first major openfree and biolicense based product was Bioperl. It was followed by Biojava(more conceptually) and a whole list of BioXXX (Bio[.+]) projects.

By late 1990s, many Bioprojects had been proposed by many bioinformatists all over the world.

The reason why openfree and BioLicense is distinguishable from other sharing intellectual license is that it is based on the philosophy of bioism. All biological beings are regarded as information processing objects(subtects or units). Therefore, the copyright on any inoformation, knowledge and data can be a very serious subject of being existent in this information universe.

Therefore, openfree and BioLicense is about freeing such biological information processing existents as well as enhancing knowledge exchange for faster advancement of biological information world.

In the early 2000s, openfree and BioLicense schemes started having more systematic internet domain network. This biodomain internet network is comprised of many Bio- domains such as bio.cc, biopedia.org, bioperl.net, biosophy.org, biolinux.net, biofoundation and so on.

In the mid 2000s, the people (biopeople) who advocate such openfree license are trying to suggest the ideas and expand the community for freer and more efficient world of knowledge sharing for future generation biological information processors (including men, animals and machines).

The Write right and Copy right under BioLicense.
Materials under Biolicense are not covered by "copy" rights that can be imposed by the authors and contributors. One thing to note is that BioLicense goes one step further and it does not support any "write" right. In other words, the authors do not own their intellectual properties. They give away the so-called originality and contribution right to the world freely. It is under the philosophy that no human intellectual product is actually "created" and originated by one person. BioLicense implies that all the human knowledge processes are the results of mutual copying, sharing, adding, modifying and synthesizing existing words, meanings and concepts.



1. Copyleft

2. Copytheft.

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