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Law and Economics, David Hume and Intellectual Property

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArgument Amongst Friends
Subtitle of host publicationTwenty Five Years of Sceptical Enquiry
EditorsNick Kuenssberg
PublisherThe David Hume Institute
ISBN (Print)1870482899, 9781870482899
Publication statusPublished - 2010


While David Hume never discussed the notion of intellectual property, his ideas about property suggest that he would have resisted the idea that IP is property. Instead, like Adam Smith and Lord Kames, he would have seen IPRs as privileges granted for (and limited by) the public interest. Such recent measures as the Digital Economy Act 2010, founded on the rhetoric equiparating unauthorised file-sharing with theft, would have been rejected as conceptually wrong as well as insufficiently considered on empirical grounds.

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  • Law and Economics, David Hume, Intellectual Property, Digital Economy Act 2010

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