Toward an epistemology of intellectual property

Don Fallis

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An important issue for information ethics is how much control people should have over the dissemination of information that they have created. Since intellectual property policies have an impact on our welfare primarily because they have a huge impact on our ability to acquire knowledge, there is an important role for epistemology in resolving this issue. This paper discusses the various ways in which intellectual property policies can have an impact on knowledge acquisition both positively and negatively. In particular, it looks at how intellectual property policies can affect the amount of information that people create, the quality of that information, the accessibility of that information, the diversity ofthat information, and the locatability of that information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-51
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Information Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Library and Information Sciences


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