IP Claims, Privacy Harms and Equal Protection

Jessica Silbey (Northeastern University), “IP Claims, Privacy Harms and Equal Protection”

This paper is part of a larger research project excavating fundamental values in intellectual property discourse and regulation. It develops case studies and analyzes qualitative data from interviews to engage a discursive and cultural analysis of intellectual property claims, harms and dispute resolution. Taking my recent book as a point of departure, The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property (Stanford University Press 2015), this new project asks about the contested but dispersed and deeply embedded function of fundamental values such as privacy, equality and distributive justice in diverse IP regimes.