Pluralism and Context: Intellectual Property and the Social Understandings of Intellectual Goods

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Title:
Pluralism and Context: Intellectual Property and the Social Understandings of Intellectual Goods
Author:
Lenhart, Laura R.
Issue Date:
2014
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Intellectual property affects an increasingly large range of social life. Despite the breadth of goods and activities affected by intellectual property schemas, policy-makers, legislators, jurists and even many social theorists have a narrow understanding of the basis for instituting intellectual property rights and understanding their limits: most see intellectual property rights only as a means to create more intellectual goods in society. My dissertation argues that our intellectual property schemas and policies need to be more sensitive to the diversity of values involved in the social meanings of different intellectual goods and activities. Contrary to those who claim that "information wants to be free," I defend a property-based approach to the protection and regulation of intellectual goods. I argue that intellectual property schemas need to do a better job responding to the diversity of value that characterizes intellectual activities and goods. Finally, I argue that context is an important tool for marking out which values are to be promoted in different circumstances and communities.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
information policy; intellectual property; Information Resources & Library Science; information ethics
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Information Resources & Library Science
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Mathiesen, Kristy K.

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titlePluralism and Context: Intellectual Property and the Social Understandings of Intellectual Goodsen_US
dc.creatorLenhart, Laura R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLenhart, Laura R.en_US
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIntellectual property affects an increasingly large range of social life. Despite the breadth of goods and activities affected by intellectual property schemas, policy-makers, legislators, jurists and even many social theorists have a narrow understanding of the basis for instituting intellectual property rights and understanding their limits: most see intellectual property rights only as a means to create more intellectual goods in society. My dissertation argues that our intellectual property schemas and policies need to be more sensitive to the diversity of values involved in the social meanings of different intellectual goods and activities. Contrary to those who claim that "information wants to be free," I defend a property-based approach to the protection and regulation of intellectual goods. I argue that intellectual property schemas need to do a better job responding to the diversity of value that characterizes intellectual activities and goods. Finally, I argue that context is an important tool for marking out which values are to be promoted in different circumstances and communities.en_US
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjectinformation policyen_US
dc.subjectintellectual propertyen_US
dc.subjectInformation Resources & Library Scienceen_US
dc.subjectinformation ethicsen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineInformation Resources & Library Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMathiesen, Kristy K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMathiesen, Kristy K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAnnas, Julia E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFallis, Don T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHeidorn, P. Bryanen_US
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