I wonder if anyone has looked at the licencing agreements on some of the commercial bio-informatics software recentley. Or more to the point the commercial software that was written using open source.
I can name one or two companies who have activation key systems that make Microsoft XP's licencing system look tame. And yet when you hack into this stuff you find what? some evidence of open source having being used.
I dont know about the debate as it stands here, but if anything is stifling innovation or science
as far as I am concerned it is the "Worse than Gates" behaviour of some commercial bio-informatics software houses.
As I say I wont mention any specific companies, but we all know who they are.