Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 15th Feb 2011 09:01 UTC, submitted by sawboss
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Manu Sporny, founder and CEO of Digital Bazaar, has decided to use GitHub to store a project of a[n unusual] nature. Rather than a piece of software, he is listing his own genetic data as an open source project. He has released all his rights to the data and made around 1 million of his genetic markers public domain."
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RE[2]: "Open source"???
by bogomipz on Tue 15th Feb 2011 11:27 UTC in reply to "RE: "Open source"???"
bogomipz
Member since:
2005-07-11

No! It's his parents that hold the copyright on his DNA. They've just licensed it to him for the duration of one lifetime. He is allowed to distribute modified copies, though. That's usually done through a patch mechanism which is very good at merging two completely different DNA sequences. I think it uses a form of sexps [1], but I'm not sure.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexps

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RE[3]: "Open source"???
by demetrioussharpe on Tue 15th Feb 2011 15:35 in reply to "RE[2]: "Open source"???"
demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

No! It's his parents that hold the copyright on his DNA. They've just licensed it to him for the duration of one lifetime. He is allowed to distribute modified copies, though. That's usually done through a patch mechanism which is very good at merging two completely different DNA sequences. I think it uses a form of sexps [1], but I'm not sure.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexps


LOL I guess you beat me to it! ;)

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RE[3]: "Open source"???
by olefiver on Tue 15th Feb 2011 18:39 in reply to "RE[2]: "Open source"???"
olefiver Member since:
2008-04-04

Thanks for clearing that up.

Wouldn't that mean that the guy is setting himself up for a lawsuit from his parents on violation of copyright?
Assuming that the released DNA isn't modified, that is.

Edited 2011-02-15 18:43 UTC

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