Its instructive to look back to be able to look forward. Intellectual property ownership in farming technology has always been a flahpoint.
The Open Source Farm Hack crowd is participating in a rich history filled fight over who owns what in the world of farming technology:
One of the cases that most influenced Abraham Lincoln's career as a lawyer was about a farm reaper:
People have always understood on some level who owns the intellectual property, owns the technology and who owns the technology owns the future of farming.