there are no copyright issues here, this is about trademark infringement and patents. and no, vffs are not part of the human body, they aren't even replicating a function of the human body.
Yes yes.. I'll change the words - Trademark, Patents.. etc.
Trademark - No one should use their name.
Patents - A huge number of American Pharmas keep trying to and keep patenting herbs & medicines that have a daily use & know how in India - esp Ayurveda.
They've filed and done so for Tulsi, Neem, Haldi (Turmeric). The only way this was prevented was that some alert/aware person in the Indian Government (who is lazy & corrupt) noted this and dug up ancient documentation that is pretty much HOUSEHOLD EVERYDAY knowledge.
Part of the assumption is that NO ONE EVER ANYWHERE IN HUMAN HISTORY.. made or wore such footwear? I digress.
I understand the need for Patents but not in a lot areas. Lot of them are exploitative and undue.
PS: If you created the newest cryogenic space rocket, I get it. But if you're patenting AIDS / Cancer drug for which the cure was KNOWN and existent in a HERB in some Amazonian rain forest.. then.. I am sorry.
Corporates will do anything to save their "so called" intellectual property but in the Onus of responsibility.. Nowhere to be found. There are tons of corporates doing tons of stuff in developing / 3rd world countries that would be considered ILLEGAL and has been banned in the US & Western world.
e.g. Medicines, Chemicals, Etc that are made, used, sold, dumped that have been banned and labelled as toxins.
I like the fact that VIBRAMS created a mass produced shoe that fits your foot like a glove. But dont tell me that some guy has a PATENT on GLOVES for your foot.
Its a NATURAL progression. Someone will create something that will FIT your ears or eyes very well... you cant patent that and prevent something from making something THAT FITS THE HUMAN BODY better. Hell.. it could be a special jock strap to cup your ..well.
Anyways.. I am new here so mean no harm or offense. Just another perspective from someone whose spent time inside Fortune 10,20s seen Corpporate Political Lobbies do what they want outside the western world.. and exploit the less privileged. .. Be it blood diamonds, latin american oil & vegetation exploitation (Dole).