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Filesharing And Ownership Of Digital Objects: Intellectual Property According to Kant’s Theory of Possession

Author(s): Christopher Lucibella

Journal: Theoretical & Applied Ethics
ISSN 2156-7174

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 35;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Intellectual Property | Posession | Kant

One of the most pressing ethicalissues of the 21st century concerns how digitalmedia will be distributed in an age whereunprecedented connectivity allows unlimitedreproduction of copyrighted material. Theproliferation of software piracy has raised a seriouschallenge to the notion of intellectual property thatunderpins the groundwork of copyright law. In thispaper, I provide an alternate framework forunderstanding intellectual property according toImmanuel Kant’s theory of possession, as found inThe Metaphysics of Morals. In so doing, I hope toshow that a concept of intellectual property is still aviable means to address ownership in the digitalage.
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