Is the Non-rivalrousness of Intellectual Objects a Problem for the Moral Justification of Economic Rights to Intellectual Property?

TitleIs the Non-rivalrousness of Intellectual Objects a Problem for the Moral Justification of Economic Rights to Intellectual Property?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVarelius, J
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Volume21
Issue4
Pagination895-906
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsCOPYRIGHT , economic , Intellectual , Non-rivalrousness , Patent , property , Rivalrousness , SOCIAL , theories
AbstractIt is often argued that the fact that intellectual objects-objects like ideas, inventions, concepts, and melodies-can be used by several people simultaneously makes intellectual property rights impossible or particularly difficult to morally justify. In this article, I assess the line of criticism of intellectual ownership in connection with a central category of intellectual property rights, economic rights to intellectual property. I maintain that it is unconvincing. 
NotesVarelius, Jukka 1; Email Address: varelius@hotmail.com; Affiliation: 1: Department of Behavioural Sciences and Philosophy, University of Turku, 20014 Turku Finland; Source Info: Aug2015, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p895; Subject Term: INTELLECTUAL property; Subject Term: SOCIAL & economic rights; Subject Term: PATENT laws & legislation; Subject Term: COPYRIGHT -- Moral rights; Subject Term: PROPERTY; Author-Supplied Keyword: Economic rights to intellectual property; Author-Supplied Keyword: Intellectual ownership; Author-Supplied Keyword: Non-rivalrousness of intellectual objects; Author-Supplied Keyword: Rivalrousness of material objects; Author-Supplied Keyword: Theories of property; Number of Pages: 12p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s11948-014-9574-4

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