07 February 2007

Yoga, Ayurveda and Open Source

Knopper's comments, noted below, were made during a talk at the Open Source conference, LinuxAsia 2007, in New Delhi, where Venkatesh Hariharan, Head of Open Source Affairs at RedHat, drew comparisons between open source and India's rich cultural heritage:

"Yoga and Ayurveda, which are perhaps the largest knowledge pools, have traditionally been 'open source'," he said, "and yet it is a US$30 billion industry in the US alone. Open source is not opposed to commercial gains, it is opposed to ownership and limiting of knowledge and resources."


Mat said...

Yes, although there are many patents and trademarks related to Yoga, there is now a community outreach project dedicated to keeping Yoga teaching and practice free from the worst excesses of commercial predatory action. As you might expect, the Open Source Yoga project website is a Wiki.

Glyn Moody said...

excellent - thanks for the info

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