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    The influence of patents on science
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 15 (4): 424-450. 2016.
    This paper is a critique of the current US patent system along general consequentialist lines. I present a pro tanto case against it because of its effects on scientific inquiry. The patent system is often thought to be justified because it provides incentives to innovate. I challenge this concern. Economists and legal scholars have spent a good portion of time analyzing particular aspects of the patent system. I here synthesize their work, showing how it amounts to a pro tanto moral case agains…Read more
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    Liberty and the American Patent System
    Southwest Philosophy Review 24 (1): 21-28. 2008.
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    Liberty and the Rejection of Strong Intellectual Property Rights
    In Gosseries Axel, Marciano A. & Strowel A. (eds.), Intellectual Property and Theories of Justice, Basingstoke & N.y.: Palgrave Mcmillan. pp. 122--140. 2008.
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    On Securing Rights to Access Information
    Journal of Information Ethics 23 (1): 42-54. 2014.
    Some might argue that a right to access information is problematic, as it requires too much from others. Being a "positive right," the possession of which foists upon others a duty to provide something, an RAI might be thought to contrast with a "negative right," such as the right not to be harmed. Here, other people have duties only to refrain from performing certain actions. The critics this paper is concerned with continue that positive rights are problematic, where negative rights are not, s…Read more