Adam D. Moore
University of Washington - The Information School
Kenneth Einar Himma
University of Washington - School of Law
STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY, Edward N. Zalta, ed., Summer 2011
Legal protections for intellectual property have a rich history that stretches back to ancient Greece and before. As different legal systems matured in protecting intellectual works, there was a refinement of what was being protected within different areas. Over the same period several strands of moral justification for intellectual property were offered: namely, personality-based, utilitarian, and Lockean. Finally, there have been numerous critics of intellectual property and systems of intellectual property protection. This essay will discuss all of these topics, focusing on Anglo-American and European legal and moral conceptions of intellectual property.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: intellectual property, intellectual property rights, copyright, patent, trade secret
Date posted: January 7, 2012 ; Last revised: May 26, 2014
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