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2012

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Intellectual Property And Its Alternatives: Incentives, Innovation And Ideology, Michael B. Mcnally Apr 2012

Intellectual Property And Its Alternatives: Incentives, Innovation And Ideology, Michael B. Mcnally

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This dissertation examines the ability of intellectual property and its alternatives to both facilitate and impede innovation. The thesis begins by positing that a more detailed and nuanced understanding of alternatives to intellectual property is required so that such alternatives can be effectively used to mitigate the problems of the expansionary intellectual property regime. The thesis is that substantive alternatives to intellectual property utilize a broader range of incentive structures to encourage the production and distribution of intellectual goods, facilitate greater access to such goods and their informational content and engender innovative outcomes that go beyond the narrow, instrumentalist goals ...