Volume 5

Property, Intellectual Property, and Social Justice: Mapping the Next Frontier

Peter S. Menell

Professor Joseph Singer’s property scholarship explores the human, cultural, social, and distributive dimensions of property law. Using his body of work as a springboard, this Article explores the crosscurrents flowing between intellectual property and social justice. Part I examines the limitations of tangible property theory as a frame for understanding intellectual property policy. Part II distinguishes between the internal, largely utilitarian analysis of particular modes of intellectual property protection and the external interplay of intellectual property systems and broader social justice concerns. Part III explores the macro interplay of intellectual property and inequality, gender and racial inclusion, and global justice challenges, highlighting complexities, tensions, and paradoxes.

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5 BRIGHAM-KANNER PROPERTY RIGHTS CONF. J. 147 (2016)