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Intellectual Property and Information Control

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Adam D. MooreTeacher of Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University, USA

ISBN13: 9780765800701
ISBN: 0765800705
Published: April 2001
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £76.99

Computer technology and the proliferation of digital networks have radically altered how ideas and informa-tion are gathered and manipulated. Debate over the control and ownership of digital information and intellectual property has been waged by two factions. Standing in the way of the cyberpunks, hackers, and net surfers who claim that ""information wants to be free"" and that intellectual property rights give undue credit to authors and inventors, are the collected canons of Anglo-American copyright, patent, and trade secret law. Defenders of these institutions typically argue that granting rights to authors and inventors is necessary for the optimal production of intellectual works and corresponding gains in social utility. This conflict between public use and private right raises serious problems: Are abstract ideas and information proper subjects of ownership? What role should privacy rights play? How does the violation of intellectual property rights compare morally to the violation of physical property rights? In Intellectual Property and Information Control, Adam Moore provides answers and strategies for dealing with these and other questions while mounting a philosophical d

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