Is Intellectual Property Itself Unethical?
#1 Jun 15, 2010
I think that one problem with the argument in this article is that patent law and copyright law here are discussed as if they are equivalent rights. They are not at all equivalent. They serve completely different purposes and meet different needs.That is a major problem that I often encounter in the anti-IP crowd; its proponents tend to lump the different types of IP together into one category, without recognizing the finer details that make all the difference. There is a big difference between the right to expression and the right to one's own genes. For instance, it's reasonable to make an argument that gene patents could potentially work against the public interest, for example by preventing patients from getting second opinions or less expensive treatment. But I have yet to encounter a coherent argument that would convince me that copyright presents a similar threat.
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