STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY, Edward N. Zalta, ed., Summer 2011
18 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2012 Last revised: 12 Mar 2019
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: intellectual property, intellectual property rights, copyright, patent, trade secret
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