Limiting Locke: A Natural Law Justification for the Fair Use Doctrine
Part I introduces general Lockean concepts, focusing on the impacts of the nonrivalry of intangible goods on the common and the waste prohibition. Part II applies Lockean concepts in an economic framework, demonstrating a fair use right in a Lockean state of nature. Part III considers the transition of society into a civil government, with its attendant changes in the scope of property rights in intangible goods. Part III also applies the Lockean analysis of this Note to two areas of current intellectual property debate— the anticircumvention provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the enforcement of drug patents in developing countries. Part IV concludes.