A philosophical approach to intellectual property rights: the question of justification

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    This paper investigates the legitimacy of intellectual property by focusing on three topical issues, viz., the question of indigenous cultural rights, of computer software intellectual rights, and of intellectual property rights to essential drugs. A scheme of different arguments for the legitimacy of private property rights is applied to these issues, and each of the arguments assessed.
    Translated title of the contributionEn filosofisk tilgang til immaterielle rettigheder: spørgsmålet om legitimitet
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe 24th Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference : The University of Memphis, February 25-26, 2000
    EditorsKevin Thompson
    Number of pages1
    PublisherThe University of Memphis
    Publication date2000
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    EventMidsouth Philosophy Conference - Memphis, United States
    Duration: 25 Feb 200026 Feb 2000
    Conference number: 24


    ConferenceMidsouth Philosophy Conference
    CountryUnited States


    • justification
    • indigenous cultural rights
    • property rights
    • computer software patents

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