How Intellectual Property Became Controversial: NGOs and the New International IP Agenda
Engage Volume 6, Issue 2, October 2005
October 4, 2005Mark F. Schultz, David B. Walker
Until fairly recently, few questioned whether the nations of the world should promote intellectual property protection. For a long time, international discussions about intellectual property have been based on a premise that protecting intellectual property rights is beneficial to economic development and social good. This consensus arose from the understanding that intellectual property rights provide the necessary incentive to spur innovation in the arts and sciences, thus driving social and economic development. As a result, the intellectual property agenda at international organizations like the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) focused on technical matters, such as establishing reciprocal intellectual property protection between nations and harmonizing intellectual property laws....