Intellectual Property Rights and the Principle of Self-Ownership

Rajshree Chandra

in Knowledge as Property

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780198065579
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080120 | DOI:
Intellectual Property Rights and the Principle of Self-Ownership

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This chapter examines the claim of intellectual property rights from the perspective of self-ownership, a theme that emerges strongly in the writings of Locke and Nozick. The premise is that the self that ‘owns’ intellectual labour also owns the knowledge it creates. Can the self be owned and if so, in what sense and what kinds of rights does it yield? Can the Lockean proviso, which is taken as a measure that grants legitimacy to property rights, hold good when employed to test IPRs? These are some of the issues raised in the chapter.

Keywords: self-ownership; intellectual labour; John Locke; Robert Nozick

Chapter.  11885 words. 

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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