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New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property

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Annabelle Lever, John Christman, Stephen R. Munzer, Graham Dutfield, James Wilson, Abraham Drassinower, Laura Biron, Geert Demuijnck, David Lametti, Jorn Sonderholm, Alexander Rosenberg
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  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107009318

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  • Are intellectual property rights a threat to autonomy, global justice, indigenous rights, access to life-saving knowledge and medicines? The essays in this volume examine the justification of patents, copyrights and trademarks in light of the political and moral controversy over TRIPS (the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights). Written by a distinguished international group of experts, this book draws on the latest philosophical work on autonomy, equality, property ownership and human rights in order to explore the moral, political and economic implications of property rights in ideas. Written with an interdisciplinary audience in mind, these essays introduce readers to the latest debates in the philosophy of intellectual property, whether their interests are in the restrictions that copyright places on the reproduction of music and printed words or in the morality and legality of patenting human genes, essential medicines or traditional knowledge.

    • Cutting edge collection of essays moves beyond familiar justifications for IP based on desert or on utility
    • Interdisciplinary approach covers moral and political philosophy, economics, law, literary theory, anthropology and geography
    • Sophisticated and nuanced treatment of the potential benefits and limitations of intellectual property
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    "[A]n impressive collection of essays from professors, lecturers, and researchers from around the world... With writings accessible to a larger audience, New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property highlights many contemporary debates in the field of intellectual property in a nuanced and thoughtful manner."
    --Harvard Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107009318
    • length: 359 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 155 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Annabelle Lever
    1. Autonomy, social selves and intellectual property claims John Christman
    2. Corrective justice and intellectual property rights in traditional knowledge Stephen R. Munzer
    3. 'The genetic code is 3.6 billion years old: it's time for a rewrite': biotech patenting in the twenty-first century Graham Dutfield
    4. On the value of intellectual commons James Wilson
    5. Copyright infringement as compelled speech Abraham Drassinower
    6. Public reason, communication and intellectual property Laura Biron
    7. 'Sharing v. free riding: the case of P2P transmission of MP3 files' Geert Demuijnck
    8. 'The virtuous p(eer)' David Lametti
    9. Intellectual property rights and the TRIPS agreement: an overview of ethical problems and some proposed solutions Jorn Sonderholm
    10. Designing a successor to the patent as second best solution to the problem of optimum provision of good ideas Alexander Rosenberg.

  • Editor

    Annabelle Lever, Université de Genève
    Annabelle Lever is Associate Professor of Normative Political Theory in the Political Science Department at the University of Geneva. She has previously held teaching and research appointments at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Rochester, the London School of Economics and, latterly, at the Institute of Science, Ethics and Innovation at Manchester University and at the Chaire Hoover, the University of Louvain.


    Annabelle Lever, John Christman, Stephen R. Munzer, Graham Dutfield, James Wilson, Abraham Drassinower, Laura Biron, Geert Demuijnck, David Lametti, Jorn Sonderholm, Alexander Rosenberg

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