Personality-Based, Rule-Utilitarian, and Lockean Justifications of Intellectual Property

INFORMATION AND COMPUTER ETHICS, p. 105, H. Tavani and K. Himma, eds., John Wiley & Sons, 2008

29 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2012

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Adam D. Moore

University of Washington - The Information School

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

In this article, I will present and examine personality-based, rule-utilitarian, and Lockean justifications for intellectual property. Care is needed so that we do not confuse moral claims with legal ones. The brief sketch of Anglo-American and Continental systems of intellectual property below, focuses on legal conceptions and rights while the arguments that follow — personality based, utilitarian, and Lockean — are essentially moral. I will argue that there are justified moral claims to intellectual works — claims that are strong enough to warrant legal protection.

Suggested Citation

Moore, Adam D., Personality-Based, Rule-Utilitarian, and Lockean Justifications of Intellectual Property (2008). INFORMATION AND COMPUTER ETHICS, p. 105, H. Tavani and K. Himma, eds., John Wiley & Sons, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1980852

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