Science and Engineering Ethics 21 (4):895-906 (2015)

It is often argued that the fact that intellectual objects—objects like ideas, inventions, concepts, and melodies—can be used by several people simultaneously makes intellectual property rights impossible or particularly difficult to morally justify. In this article, I assess the line of criticism of intellectual ownership in connection with a central category of intellectual property rights, economic rights to intellectual property. I maintain that it is unconvincing
Keywords Economic rights to intellectual property  Intellectual ownership  Non-rivalrousness of intellectual objects  Rivalrousness of material objects  Theories of property
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-014-9574-4
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