Lex Machina Non Est: A Response to Mark Lemley's 'Faith-Based Intellectual Property'
19 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2017 Last revised: 6 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 18, 2017
This essay responds to Mark Lemley’s controversial article Faith-Based Intellectual Property. The essay argues that intellectual property requires a far richer concept of human cultural flourishing than positivism and utilitarianism can provide. It argues that Lemley’s understanding of the “laws of nature” and of the relationship between science and religion are based in perspectives that have long been rejected by mainstream scholarship. Finally, the essay offers insights from the creation narratives and the Tower of Babel story in the Hebrew Scriptures to suggest that Lemley’s vision ultimately requires technocratic social control: an ancient and enduring threat to authentic human creative endeavor.
Keywords: Intellectual property, faith-based, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, Babel, Eden, Hebrew Scriptures, culture
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