The mechanisms currently available to fund basic science are excessively
slow and are wholly inadequate to address the complex time-critical
problems we are likely to face in the 21st century.
This inadequacy arises from an enigma. On the one hand, the very notion
of treating scientific knowledge as property is not compatible with
the spirit of scientific investigation.
On the other hand, international intellectual property rights are essential
to the free market development of technology.
Without such protection, intellectual property may be exploited without
due compensation or acknowledgment to its author.