Hey, I'm a signer on this very important project.

While COVID numbers look great in the US, there are many parts of the world that are still struggling. We need open IP.
Some IP groups (e.g., the RIAA) claim that opening COVID IP to save lives in a global pandemic will somehow hurt artists of all stripes because.... ???

Something that sounds like "we must crush people in the iron fist of IP rights ALL the time or they will learn freedom."
The IP rights at issue are *not* just vaccine IP. It's the ability to share medical information about COVID treatment. The ability to run meta-analysis on other studies. And so forth.
We take it for *granted* in the US and other similarly situated countries that of COURSE you can share information about COVID treatment and of COURSE you can run meta-analysis on other studies.
This is because our IP law is written with a few nods to the international treaties we've signed. The international treaties are not clear on this question, and countries that have less trade power are a little less willing to maybe be found in violation of those treaties.
I think it is *monstrous* for people to use artists like me as a weapon to enforce vague IP rights that the US does not recognize and has used to save lives here, to prevent countries with less power from doing he same.
Artists of all stripes and genres stand to gain from opening IP rights on COVID vaccines, treatment, and testing to the world.

I am very much Team #NoCOVIDinOurName
TL;DR, if you're an author or an artist, please sign and share.


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