Happy IP: replacing the law and economics justification for intellectual property rights with a well-being approach

Derclaye, Estelle and Taylor, Tim (2015) Happy IP: replacing the law and economics justification for intellectual property rights with a well-being approach. European Intellectual Property Review, 37 (4). pp. 197-209. ISSN 0142-0461

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Abstract

E.I.P.R. 197 The dominant justification for intellectual property rights at least in the West and international treaties is utilitarian, and more precisely based on the Chicago School of Law and Economics (first section). However, this school of thought is both flawed and ideological (second section). Basing protection solely on the economic aspect of utility (i.e. income) has been increasingly challenged in recent years. We thus propose that intellectual property rights should be justified using a notion of utility based directly upon well-being, rather than using income as a proxy. We outline a theory-neutral approach to well-being that could be employed for this purpose (third section). Our proposal, like any and every other legal programme, cannot avoid being ideological (fourth section) but it avoids the flaws of the Law and Economics approach. It is also not paternalistic (fifth section).

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: derclaye, prof e
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 08:57
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 03:15
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29177

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