Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Hacking: Evaluating Free Access Arguments

INTERNET SECURITY: HACKING, COUNTERHACKING, AND SOCIETY, p. 235, Ken Himma, ed., Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2007

27 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2012  

Adam D. Moore

University of Washington - The Information School

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Before considering the hacking and “free-access” position, I will present several arguments in support of privacy and intellectual property. If these arguments are compelling, then a moral presumption in favor of controlling personal information and intangible works will have been established. Next three arguments typically given by hackers and those who champion the “free-access” view will be considered. After a presentation and analysis, I will argue that the hacker position about information access and control is not strong enough to override the moral presumptions in favor of intellectual property and privacy – “information should not be free.”

Suggested Citation

Moore, Adam D., Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Hacking: Evaluating Free Access Arguments (2007). INTERNET SECURITY: HACKING, COUNTERHACKING, AND SOCIETY, p. 235, Ken Himma, ed., Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1980857

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