"Cease and Desist."
By Tyler Young.
Illustration by JACEY.
First appearance: Nature/Futures, 19 January 2017.
Short short short story (1 page).
Online at Nature.com (HERE; PDF).
"The only facts that matter are these: (1) X-o4 holds the Patent; and (2) humanity's existence violates the Patent."
Twelve billion individual patent violations per second! A tort lawyer's dream come true . . .
- Tyler Young's ISFDb bibliography is (HERE).
- For an outline of tort law, go to Wikipedia (HERE); find out more about patents (HERE). Gene patenting is a new wave agitating the broader discipline of bioethics; see the Wikipedia articles about "Bioethics" (HERE), "Biological patent" (HERE), "Bioprospecting" (HERE), and "Intellectual property" (HERE). In our story, X-o4 could be seen to fit the broad definition of a biopirate:
"Biopiracy was coined by Pat Mooney, to describe a practice in which indigenous knowledge of nature, originating with indigenous peoples,
is used by others for profit, without authorization or compensation to
the indigenous people themselves."
Of course, X-o4 doesn't quite see it that way.
- X. V. J. Glorbton warns humanity against "any attempt to circumvent our rights by deuteration of your species"; see The Free Dictionary (HERE) for what he/she/it means.