Toward an Epistemology of Intellectual Property

Journal of Information Ethics, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 34-51, 2007

18 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2009

Date Written: June 10, 2007

Abstract

An important issue for information ethics is how much control people should have over the dissemination of information that they have created. Since intellectual property policies have an impact on our welfare primarily because they have a huge impact on our ability to acquire knowledge, there is an important role for epistemology in resolving this issue. This paper discusses the various ways in which intellectual property policies can impact knowledge acquisition both positively and negatively. In particular, it looks at how intellectual property policies can affect the amount of information that people create, the quality of that information, the accessibility of that information, the diversity of that information, and the locatability of that information.

Keywords: epistemology, intellectual property, information access, information quality

Suggested Citation

Fallis, Don, Toward an Epistemology of Intellectual Property (June 10, 2007). Journal of Information Ethics, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 34-51, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1508878

Don Fallis (Contact Author)

Northeastern University ( email )

360 Huntington Ave,
Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://philpeople.org/profiles/don-fallis

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