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Intellectual Property: General Theories

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Menell, Peter S.; Bouckaert, B.; de Geest, G.
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Law and Economics
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Location: Northampton, MA
Page(s): 129-188
Date: 2000
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/42
Sector: Theory
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Subject(s): law
intellectual property rights--economics
intellectual property rights--theory
public goods and bads
Abstract: "This chapter surveys and synthesizes the deepening and widening theoretical landscape of intellectual property. Not surprisingly, the principal philosophical theory applied to the protection of utilitarian works - that is, technological inventions - has been utilitarianism. Utilitarian theorists generally endorse the creation of intellectual property rights as an appropriate means to foster innovation. Non-utilitarian theorists emphasize creators' moral rights to control their work. Many of these scholars draw upon multiple philosophical strands in constructing their analyses."

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