A Pluralistic Account of Intellectual Property

TitleA Pluralistic Account of Intellectual Property
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsResnik, DB
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number01674544
Accession Number11100091
KeywordsCONFIDENTIAL , COPYRIGHT , CREATIVE , Data , GRAY , Hegel , INTANGIBLE , Intellectual , justice , Law , LICENSE , Locke , Moral , PATENTS , pluralism , Privacy , UTILITARIANISM
AbstractAfter exploring six different approaches to protecting intellectual property, the author argues that none of these accounts provide an adequate justification of intellectual property laws and policies because there are many different types of intellectual property and a variety of incommensurable values play a role in the justification of intellectual property. The best approach to intellectual property is to assess and balance competing moral values in light of the particular facts and circumstances.
NotesResnik, D. B. 1; Email Address: resnikD@mail.ecu.edu; Affiliations: 1: Professor of Medical Humanities, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University and Director, New Programs, The Bioethics Center of University Health Systems of East Carolina; Issue Info: Sep2003 Part 2, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p319; Thesaurus Term: INTELLECTUAL property; Thesaurus Term: CONFIDENTIAL communications; Thesaurus Term: GRAY market; Thesaurus Term: CREATIVE Commons licenses; Thesaurus Term: INTANGIBLE property; Thesaurus Term: COPYRIGHT; Thesaurus Term: PATENTS; Thesaurus Term: LICENSE agreements; Thesaurus Term: DATA encryption (Computer science); Subject Term: INTELLECTUAL property infringement; Subject Term: LAW & legislation; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Author-Supplied Keyword: Hegel; Author-Supplied Keyword: intellectual property; Author-Supplied Keyword: justice; Author-Supplied Keyword: Locke; Author-Supplied Keyword: pluralism; Author-Supplied Keyword: privacy; Author-Supplied Keyword: utilitarianism; NAICS/Industry Codes: 533110 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works); Number of Pages: 17p; Document Type: Article
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