Prerequisite: Intellectual Property or permission of instructor.
This seminar will explore theories of intellectual property, with a particular focus on innovation.
It begins by discussing the application of Locke's labor theory and Hegel's personhood rationale
to IP. It then turns to the primary theory justifying IP, utilitarianism, and asks whether IP's scope
and duration are justified. It examines dangers of IP protection such as diminished speech and
cumulative innovation. And it explores innovation-related issues including open source software,
peer-to-peer (p2p) systems, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, potential patent reforms, and
the biotechnology industry.