14 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2012 Last revised: 27 Feb 2013
Date Written: December 29, 2012
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. This essay will discuss all of these topics, focusing on Anglo-American and European legal and moral conceptions of intellectual property.
Keywords: copyright, intellectual property, literary property, author's rights
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By Dean Baker
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