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Thinking hard about ‘Intellectual Property’

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Last week, Friday and Saturday (29-30 May) I had a chance to participate in a conference on Philosophy and Intellectual Property.

A fascinating mix of lawyers, philosophers and other academics gathered to speak about the philosophical dimensions of what we currently call ‘intellectual property’.
The word ‘property’ received a great deal of scrutiny. We debated utilitarian, Lockian, Hegelian, Grotian and even Kantian justifications and critiques of the the legal monopolies of copyright and patent. Most of the papers delivered are on the conference website.

I won’t make any promises but I hope to write about some of the debates over the next week.