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Intellectual property rights

Andersen, Birgitte (2011) Intellectual property rights. In: Chadwick, R. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (Second Edition). Elsevier, pp. 737-743. ISBN 9780123739322.

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Intellectual property right is an intellectual property (IP) someone has the right to claim due to moral and economic rationales. Focusing on the ‘rules of the game’ embedded in the current IPR regimes (mostly based upon strong and exclusive IPR law and strong IPR enforcement worldwide) and the ‘play of the game’ of firms and individuals in rival competition to capture the return from their IP, this article describes the critical debate on the rationales and performance of our IPR regimes at various levels (global, nations, firms, the individual, etc.). The importance of both moral and economic considerations in reaching both societal and corporate objectives or benefits is highlighted as a matter of equal concern.

Item Type: Book Section
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Business ethics, Capitalism, Copyright, Criticism of IPR foundations, Economic rationale for IPR, Economic reward, Economic theory of IPR, Entrepreneurship, Incentives, Intellectual property (IP), Intellectual property rights (IPR), Knowledge, Markets, Moral rationale for IPR, Moral theory of IPR, Natural rights, Patents, Policy for IPR, Regulation of IPR, Research and development (R&D), Social contract, Technology transfer, Trade, Wealth creation
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
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Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 12:03
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:22

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