Liberalism and intellectual property rights

Breakey, Hugh (2009) Liberalism and intellectual property rights. Politics, Philosophy and Economics, 8 3: 329-349. doi:10.1177/1470594X09105392

Author Breakey, Hugh
Title Liberalism and intellectual property rights
Journal name Politics, Philosophy and Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-594X
Publication date 2009-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1470594X09105392
Volume 8
Issue 3
Start page 329
End page 349
Total pages 21
Editor Thomas Christiano
Jonathan Riley
Fred D'Agostino
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
220305 Ethical Theory
Abstract Justifications for intellectual property rights are typically made in terms of utility or natural property rights. In this article, I justify limited regimes of copyright and patent grounded in no more than the rights to use our ideas and to contract, conjoined at times with a weak right to hold property in tangibles. I describe the Contracting Situation plausibly arising from vesting rational agents with these rights. I go on to consider whether in order to provide the best protection for the voluntary activities and consensual interactions occurring within the Contracting Situation, it might be appropriate or even necessary to move to institutions qualitatively similar to copyright and patent. I conclude that in at least some circumstances limited regimes of copyright and patent may be defendable solely on the basis of these very basic rights.
Keyword Public domain
Natural rights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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