Monsanto seeks perpetual ownership of the data created in its seeds. This issue goes to the core of the new era of data wealth, Data Barons, and the idea that data should be permanently enslaved to an “owner” at the cost of billions of other stakeholders in the holistic sense and over the longterm as opposed to the nearterm.
Copyrights have a somewhat longterm ownership period yet they are released to public freedom, although that has even come under challenge recently. They should be truncated more and instead of a perpetual dominion Monsanto should look at a similar shorter term of ownership such as 5 years of planting, although some want as little as 2 years. The length of time should be correlated to the growth in technology which would make it more advantageous for a buyer to buy the new seed rather than hold on to the existing seed.
The Data Barons fail to realize the arc of history is toward the proliferation of abundant resources for all and the myopic view of ownership only hinders the more joyful higher level functioning of growth need enhanced humans. If these Data Barons really want to position themselves as an idea for longterm survival, they need to work cooperatively instead of via antiquated highly hostile competitive tactics. Perhaps a dose of training in higher level functioning would allow them to see the joy of beingness from a growth perspective and would encourage them to be part of the solution more quickly as they will soon be left behind by those who engage in cooperative strategic partnerships across private, public, and individual stakeholders.