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Moral Groundworks for the Establishment and Analysis of Rights to 'Intellectual Property'

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dc.contributor.author Hogan, David
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-16T18:28:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-16T18:28:39Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/13689
dc.description.abstract Historically, there have been two moral theories which have dominated the analysis of 'intellectual property': Natural law theory and Utilitarianism. The former argues that authors have an inalienable right to control the products of their minds while the latter argues that the moral status of a law establishing 'intellectual property' is inextricably tied to the attempt to maximize societal well-being. In this thesis I argue that few justifiable natural rights to the products of our minds can be found and, subsequently, the justification of such rights must stem from the latter theory. I argue that Utilitarianism places many strong limitations on the extensiveness of the powers granted to 'intellectual property' right-holders by a moral law. Finally, I argue that independent of a given societal state-of-affairs, we have two moral obligations: to follow the trend set by moral authors, and to lend them our support. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.subject Intellectual Property en_US
dc.subject Natural Rights en_US
dc.subject Utilitarianism en_US
dc.title Moral Groundworks for the Establishment and Analysis of Rights to 'Intellectual Property' en_US
dc.date.defence 2011-04-29
dc.contributor.department Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner Dr. Chike Jeffers en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Dr. Michael Hymers en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Nathan Brett en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Dr. Darren Abramson en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US


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