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Intellectual Liberty

Natural Rights and Intellectual Property

Intellectual Liberty by Hugh Breakey
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Considering the steady increase in intellectual property rights in the last century, does it make sense to speak of ’user’s rights’ and can limitations on intellectual liberty be justified from a rights-based perspective? This book philosophically defends the importance of the public domain and user’s rights through the use of natural-rights thought. Utilizing primarily the work of John Locke, it contends that considerations of natural justice and human freedom impose powerful constraints on the proper reach and substance of intellectual property rights, especially copyright. It investigates both the internal and external natural-rights constraints on intellectual property, and argues in particular for the importance to human freedom of the right to intellectual liberty - the right to inform one’s actions by learning about the world. It concludes that respect for fundamental freedom-based interests require a balanced approach to the scope, strength and duration of intellectual property rights.
Taylor and Francis; May 2016
186 pages; ISBN 9781317115052
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Title: Intellectual Liberty
Author: Hugh Breakey
 
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9781138279704
9781317115052
9781317115069