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Clinton Bio Gets Pirate Treatment in China

Posted by on December 12, 2004 10:41 PM |

Former President Bill Clinton's autobiography "My Life" is a best seller in the United States, and is now being distributed in Asia. However, many copies of the book available in Asia are "hastily pirated versions - sold for a fraction of the price and without any of the royalties due its rightful author."
, According to an article in Tech Central Station, "the chronic misspellings, cheap materials and smudgy ink that mark the knock-offs commonly found in Asia are the least of the problem. Mr. Clinton's carefully chosen words have been murdered by additions and deletions wholly out of keeping with the original. Copies available in China have Mr. Clinton serially quoting Mao and extolling the feng shui of his hometown in Arkansas."

Still, it's hard to sympathize with Clinton in this matter when you learn that he has supported knock-off drugs to fight AIDS. After leaving the White House, Mr. Clinton’s Presidential Foundation has been working with international health and charity organizations in trying to supply AIDS medicines to countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Using the obvious "end justifies the means" philosophy, the Clinton Foundation "has been a leading supporter of the use of knock-off pills, produced without permission or supervision by generic manufacturers in countries that do not recognize international patent rights."

"While the goal itself is worthy, the companies, most notably Cipla and Ranbaxy in India, have long been favorites of the AIDS activist community because they pilfer technologies developed at huge cost by large western research-based drugs firms. . . Bill Clinton is right to balk at copyright infringements . . .now if only his Presidential Foundation would do the same."

According to an article in Tech Central Station, "the chronic misspellings, cheap materials and smudgy ink that mark the knock-offs commonly found in Asia are the least of the problem. Mr. Clinton's carefully chosen words have been murdered by additions and deletions wholly out of keeping with the original. Copies available in China have Mr. Clinton serially quoting Mao and extolling the feng shui of his hometown in Arkansas."

Still, it's hard to sympathize with Clinton in this matter when you learn that he has supported knock-off drugs to fight AIDS. After leaving the White House, Mr. Clinton’s Presidential Foundation has been working with international health and charity organizations in trying to supply AIDS medicines to countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Using the obvious "end justifies the means" philosophy, the Clinton Foundation "has been a leading supporter of the use of knock-off pills, produced without permission or supervision by generic manufacturers in countries that do not recognize international patent rights."

"While the goal itself is worthy, the companies, most notably Cipla and Ranbaxy in India, have long been favorites of the AIDS activist community because they pilfer technologies developed at huge cost by large western research-based drugs firms. . . Bill Clinton is right to balk at copyright infringements . . .now if only his Presidential Foundation would do the same."


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