Humanizing Intellectual Property: Moving Beyond the Natural Rights Property Focus

55 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2017 Last revised: 16 Aug 2018

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J. Janewa OseiTutu

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Date Written: October 7, 2017

Abstract

This Article compares the natural rights property framework with the human rights framework for intellectual property. These two frameworks share a common theoretical basis in the natural rights tradition, but they appear to lead to conflicting outcomes. Proponents of natural rights to intellectual property tend to support more expansive intellectual property protections. Advocates of a human rights approach to intellectual property contend, however, that human rights will have a moderating influence on intellectual property law. This Article is among the first scholarly works to explore the apparent conflict between these two important frameworks for intellectual property. It concludes that a human rights approach to intellectual property enriches the natural rights intellectual property dialogue by broadening the analysis to acknowledge and value human interests that go beyond the individual property interest.

Keywords: intellectual property, human rights, natural rights, international law, copyright, patent

Suggested Citation

OseiTutu, Julia Janewa, Humanizing Intellectual Property: Moving Beyond the Natural Rights Property Focus (October 7, 2017). 20 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law 1 (2017).; Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3050262

Julia Janewa OseiTutu (Contact Author)

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