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Old 08-16-2012, 05:51 AM   #72
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Originally Posted by pdurrant View Post
But (having read to the end of the thread) I suspect you'll suggest that's merely a utilitarian reason.

Hmm....
Yes, that's correct.
The argument, of course, in favour of granting IPRs is that it has the social benefit of encouraging creativity sooner rather than later; and that this outweighs the social cost of limiting the use of the results of that creativity.

I don't know whether either half of the equation is correct, but it is clearly a utilitarian argument rather than an ethical one.
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