Natural intellectual property rights and the public domain

Breakey, Hugh (2010) Natural intellectual property rights and the public domain. The Modern Law Review, 73 2: 208-239. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.2010.00791.x

Author Breakey, Hugh
Title Natural intellectual property rights and the public domain
Journal name The Modern Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0026-7961
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2010.00791.x
Volume 73
Issue 2
Start page 208
End page 239
Total pages 32
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
No natural rights theory justifies strong intellectual property rights.More specifically, no theory
within the entire domain of natural rights thinking - encompassing classical liberalism, libertarianism
and left-libertarianism, in all their innumerable variants  coherently supports strengthening
current intellectual property rights. Despite their many important differences, all these
natural rights theories endorse some set of members of a common family of basic ethical precepts.
These commitments include non-interference, fairness, non-worsening, consistency, universalisability,
prior consent, self-ownership, self-governance, and the establishment of zones of autonomy.
Such commitments have clear applications pertaining to the use and ownership of created
ideas. I argue that each of these commitments require intellectual property rights to be substantially
limited in scope, strength and duration. In this way the core mechanisms of natural rights
thinking ensure a robust public domain and categorically rule out strong intellectual property
rights. © 2010 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2010 The Modern Law Review Limited
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