Course Details

Philosophy of Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law has become an increasing source of conflict in business and in the culture more generally. Discourse about intellectual property is torn between two conceptions. Intellectual property is (a) a fundamental right that must be protected in any adequate legal regime; (b) a device for optimizing use of resources, which can be freely manipulated by the state in any way that seems likely to achieve efficiency. The division between (a) and (b) is, of course, also a matter of debate among theorists of property more generally. We will examine the philosophical bases of both views, consider whether one could accept (a) with respect to some objects of property while accepting (b) with respect to intellectual property, and consider the legal and policy implications of each view. Prerequisite is one of the following three courses: (a) Copyright, (b) Patent, (c) Intellectual Property. The prerequisite course may be taken concurrently with the seminar. Evaluation Method: Paper. All students will be eligible to write a three draft paper. Course materials will be available on blackboard. There may be books, to be announced. Students who would like to complete the 2 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 602 Section 43 course section (class nbr 30637) during open enrollment January 4, 2016-February 5, 2016 Students who would like to complete the 3 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 603 Section 43 course section (class nbr 30661) during open enrollment January 4, 2016-February 5, 2016

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 684


Course History

Spring 2016
Title: Philosophy of Intellectual Property
Faculty: Koppelman, Andrew M. (courses | profile)
DiCola, Peter C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 12