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Support All India Kisan Sabha in their campaign to defend farmers from Patent Infringement Claims by PepsiCo

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vik@hamara Public Seen by 168

Background Reading:
http://kisansabha.org/aiks/press-releases/pepsico/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-pepsi-farmers/pepsico-sues-four-indian-farmers-for-using-its-patented-lays-potatoes-idUSKCN1S21EL

Why India Pirates?
This issue speaks directly to one of the basic principles of our constitution, namely "reform of copyright and patent law"

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vik@hamara Mon 29 Apr 2019

Please state your views on this. I'll start a poll if people are engaged with the proposal.

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Pirate Praveen Mon 29 Apr 2019

I think we should have clarity on the legal status first and decide response accordingly. If food can be patented legally, then our focus should be to get it repealed. Boycotting Pepsi will not solve the root cause.

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piratekp Mon 29 Apr 2019

AFAIK the act says you cannot sell patented seeds, but the question here is setting precedent. This is the first case of its kind and if farmers have to go to court to settle this it will be a set a bad precedent where a multi billion dollar company goes around bullying poor farmers.

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piratekp Mon 29 Apr 2019

a farmer shall be deemed to be entitled to save, use, sow, resow,
exchange, share or sell his farm produce including seed of a variety
protected under this Act in the same manner as he was entitled before the
coming into force of this Act:
Provided that the farmer shall not be entitled to sell branded seed of a variety protected
under this Act.
Explanation.—For the purposes of clause (iv), “branded seed” means any seed put in a
package or any other container and labelled in a manner indicating that such seed is of a
variety protected under this Act

https://www.wipo.int/edocs/lexdocs/laws/en/in/in012en.pdf

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Pirate Praveen Tue 30 Apr 2019

I think this is a good issue to reach out to people outside tech circle. We should prepare notes, update our manifesto and do public campaigns.

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piratekp Tue 30 Apr 2019

They are coercing farmers to join their group of growers. I think farmers will be forced to do out of court settlement as the article suggests.

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Pirate Praveen Tue 30 Apr 2019

I think that is still a bad outcome (though better than getting sued).

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vik@hamara Tue 30 Apr 2019

It seems that there is a strong line of defence here and the action was pretty misplaced.

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vik@hamara Tue 30 Apr 2019

It looks like the matter will be quickly washed away however there is a point worth campaigning and I agree with @praveenarimbrathod that the issue is one that helps Indian Pirates move outside of tech circles.
We could additionally protest by growing the same potatoes and asking Pepsi to sue any of us - that would keep the debate running for a while.

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vik@hamara Tue 30 Apr 2019

For campaigns we're going to need more volunteers here, i'll post to the riot room again to see if we can get more views from people