'This book of readings on intellectual property is unusual in three respects: the international cast of the contributors, the widening of the focus of analysis to include not only law and economics but also philosophy, and the decision to examine both theoretical questions and concrete practical questions. Most important is the high quality of the contributions. They not only are of high intellectual quality, but they are lucid and well written; and the introduction is a model of clarity.' - Richard A. Posner, US Court of Appeal, Seventh Circuit 'Dramatically strengthened and globalized, intellectual property rules are shaping the evolution of whole sectors of the world economy: technology, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, publishing, and entertainment. The world's most powerful corporations and governments are therefore fighting intensely over the design of these rules. The present collection highlights the main moral issues raised by intellectual property rights. It discusses these issues at the level of principle, and also in a series of focused moral analyses of the most pressing innovation-access dilemmas and of various reform ideas. An excellent introduction to a complex, shifting, and very important moral terrain.' - Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs Yale University 'This collection of 12 essays provides a fascinating insight into the application of classical theories of justice to both fundamental issues in the field of intellectual property and contemporary, practical issues.' European Intellectual Property Review
About the Author
AXEL GOSSERIES is a Permanent Research Fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, based at the Chaire Hoover in economic and social ethics, University of Louvain, Belgium. His work in moral and political philosophy focuses more specifically on theories of intergenerational justice, tradable quotas schemes and the idea of workplace democracy. He is the author of Penser la justice entre les generations (2004). ALAIN MARCIANO is an Associate Professor at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France. He is the author of La philosophie economique and Aethiques de l'economie and a co-editor of the Elgar Companion to Economics and Philosophy and one of the main editors of the Review of Economic Philosophy. ALAIN STROWEL is a Professor at Saint-Louis University (FUSL, Brussels), the University of Liege and the Catholic University of Brussels-Leuven, Belgium, where he teaches copyright, design and media law. He is the author of Droit d'auteur et copyright (1993) and Droit d'auteur et numerique: logiciels, bases de donnees, multimedia (2001).