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Justifying intellectual property

Author: Robert P Merges
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
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Why should a property interest exist in an intangible item? In recent years, arguments over intellectual property have often divided proponents - who emphasize the importance of providing incentives for producers of creative works - from skeptics who emphasize the need for free and open access to knowledge. In a wide-ranging and ambitious analysis, Robert P. Merges establishes a sophisticated rationale for the most  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert P Merges
ISBN: 9780674049482 0674049489
OCLC Number: 676725419
Description: xiv, 405 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Locke --
Kant --
Distributive justice and IP rights --
Midlevel principles of IP law --
The proportionality principle --
Creative professionals, corporate ownership, and transaction costs --
Property in the digital era --
Patents and drugs for the developing world.
Responsibility: Robert P. Merges.

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In a sophisticated defense of intellectual property, Merges draws on Kant, Locke, and Rawls to explain how IP rights are based on a solid ethical foundation and make sense for a just society. He also  Read more...

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A new Bible for Intellectual Property...At the fundamental level, Merges relies upon deontological ethics derived from Locke (justification for appropriation), Kant (individual freedoms), and Rawls Read more...

 
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