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Knowledge as PropertyIssues in the Moral Grounding of Intellectual Property Rights$
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Rajshree Chandra

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198065579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198065579.001.0001

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Intellectual Property Rights and the Principle of Self-Ownership

Intellectual Property Rights and the Principle of Self-Ownership

(p.65) 3 Intellectual Property Rights and the Principle of Self-Ownership
Knowledge as Property

Rajshree Chandra

Oxford University Press

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

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