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The myth of Mr Burke and Mr Watt: for want of a champion!

Johnson, Phillip ORCID: 2016. The myth of Mr Burke and Mr Watt: for want of a champion! Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property 6 , pp. 370-379. 10.4337/qmjip.2016.03.06

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Edmund Burke, one of England's great thinkers and orators of the eighteenth century, has been lauded as a champion of the anti-intellectual-property movement by scholars past and present. This reputation arises largely through his opposition to James Watt's Fire Engine Act 1775. However, the article examines the contemporary evidence and challenges this dominant interpretation, showing that Burke's views were actually very much in favour of granting monopolies to inventors as well as authors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
K Law > K Law (General)
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 04/04/2016)
Publisher: Edward Elgar
ISSN: 2045-9807
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 22 March 2016
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2023 15:47

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