De-linking intellectual property from exclusive rights
The traditional justification for IP rights – a temporary monopoly to stimulate innovation and investment – is increasingly being questioned. If knowledge is more valuable when widely shared, and if the freedom to use knowledge is socially and economically important, we need to de-link intellectual property protection from exclusive rights. "But how?" asks James Love , Director, Knowledge Ecology International, and described as "one of the pharmaceutical industry’s biggest – and smartest – bête noires".
Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property
17 October 2011