A Social Justice Perspective on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Ch. 6 in Megan Carpenter, ed., Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law (Elgar Law and Entrepreneurship Series 2012)

32 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2015

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Steven D. Jamar

Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice; Howard University School of Law

Lateef Mtima

Howard University School of Law

Date Written: February 10, 2015

Abstract

Innovation, the creating of new things or processes, is a core factor in development, but it is not sufficient for development; the innovations must be exploited effectively in the marketplace. An intellectual property regime that favors too strongly one interest over another, as for example on the one hand by making the property holder’s interests too strong thereby limiting the social utility of the work, or on the other hand by making the user’s rights too strong thereby limiting the incentive for an inventor or writer to create, can lead to stagnation.

Keywords: copyright, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, economic development, social justice

Suggested Citation

Jamar, Steven D. and Mtima, Lateef, A Social Justice Perspective on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (February 10, 2015). Ch. 6 in Megan Carpenter, ed., Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law (Elgar Law and Entrepreneurship Series 2012), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2563401

Steven D. Jamar (Contact Author)

Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

HOME PAGE: http://iipsj.org

Howard University School of Law ( email )

2900 Van Ness Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.howard.edu

Lateef Mtima

Howard University School of Law ( email )

2900 Van Ness St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
United States

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