It was recently brought to my attention that in February of this year a film was released detailing the countless deaths that arose, when the US Government, the pharmaceutical industry and the World Trade Organization, caused millions of AIDs related deaths by forbidding the importation of generic versions of patented drugs, in Africa. It is called Fire in The Blood and I am thrilled that it was made. It is my understanding that this type of thing has happened before in India and elsewhere in the world. It strikes me as, being a clear case of patents literally killing people.
I have long objected to all forms of intellectual property as being, simply government granted monopolies, that actually interfere with our use of our own justly acquired possessions, and cause far more harm than good. I intend to do at least an entire piece on this topic in the not to distant future. In the meantime, I will share this video, which features the film’s trailer and an interview with the film’s director Dylan Mohan Gray, Ugandan AIDS doctor Peter Mugyenyi, and Amy Goodman:
Apparently their is a long list of notable names involved in this project. Of interest especially is president Bill Clinton, who does not strike me as sharing my views on intellectual property. Anyway, I hope our readers get a chance to watch this film, and of course, if have already, feel free to share what your thoughts on it.