Cheap AI coding labour?

Moral rights are not transferrable.

On Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 2:35 PM Patrick A. M. Maina via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Heehe $12,000 for the “best” source code (including moral rights – so you
> will never get credited if its a big hit) is a complete joke imo.
>
> I would urge local developers to be cautious about these competitions and
> approach them strategically.
>
> For example, you can use these kind of competitions as idea triggers to
> (lawfully) get clues and inspiration on what problems need solving (*without*
> participating or signing up, as that potentially binds you to their T&Cs) –
> then form teams/coalitions to solve these problems independently for a much
> bigger potential payoff.
>
> On policy these things are happening because there are glaring loopholes
> in our intellectual property laws that allow *IP mining* to take place
> without any restriction or consequences. Its literally a free for all.
>
> Kenya needs an “Intellectual Property Resources Act”, which would
> invalidate exploitative contracts / terms and conditions is long overdue.
> This is the kind of 21st Century legislation that can stimulate innovation
> and the creation of *high quality jobs* in Kenya.
>
> 21st Century resources include:
> 1. Attention or engagement (systems designed to distract people from
> contributing to economic activity)
> 2. Data (for mining/analytics or ML)
> 3. Source code, novel circuits, algorithms, chemical formulations,
> mixtures, blue prints (including business plans, pricing models etc).
> 4. Valuable ideas (e.g. “please call me”) that cannot be protected via any
> combination of the old industrial era laws e.g. patents, copyright, UM & DM.
> 5. other?
>
> Thanks for the heads up and Good day!
> Patrick.
>
> On Monday, November 12, 2018, 2:01:43 PM GMT+3, Wainaina Mungai via
> kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>
> Some developers are raising concerns privately that great initiatives such
> as Zindi are “cheaply buying AI code” from Africa
> zindi.africa/faq/data_scientists
>
> According to them, “Zindi runs high-value expertise programming
> competitions/ hackathons in Kenya and Nigeria… and demands code in
> exchange for low pay prizes. It is unfairly low-cost labour for them.”
>
> See attached. Are their concerns valid?
>
>
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