Intellectual Property

STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY, Edward N. Zalta, ed., Summer 2011

18 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2012 Last revised: 26 May 2014

Adam D. Moore

University of Washington - The Information School

Kenneth Einar Himma

University of Washington - School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Moore, Adam D. and Himma, Kenneth Einar, Intellectual Property (2011). STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY, Edward N. Zalta, ed., Summer 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1980917

Adam D. Moore (Contact Author)

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Kenneth Einar Himma

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