Intellectual Property Rights: Yay or Nay? - America's Future Foundation

Intellectual Property Rights: Yay or Nay?

November 14, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Angels Trumpet Ale House Arcadia

2339 North 44th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008

Is there anything more contentious than the debate over intellectual property (IP) protection? The “Napsterization” of just about everything digital has one side jumping with joy, and the other claiming the end times are near. Is there any common ground? We’d like to suggest there is, but first everyone must realize that there are no clean-cut, easy answers in this debate.

Defining and bounding intellectual property rights is complicated. The field is subdivided into four major domains: Copyright governs written, visual, and audio creations; patents apply to inventions; trademarks deal with brand protection; and trade secrets cover confidential information.

An argument may even be made by the two paragraphs above: 1) as quoted by the Reason Foundation and 2) as quoted by the Cato Institute. Are these excerpts a product of intellectual property? Or did we just establish the right to copy and paste the language from their website? We’ll let you decide an answer for this example.

Join scholars and experts for rights to intellectual property in this exciting debate to determine which side – affirmative v. negative – has the strongest argument. As this is a hot discussion, sip a drink on us and enjoy the dialogue! We will have time for Q&A following the short debate.


5:00PM Registration

5:30PM Cocktail Reception – please arrive on time for a drink on us!

6:15PM Program Begins

7:15PM Audience Q&A

7:30PM Program Ends


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Light Appetizers and 1 drink ticket per guest will be provided.