Intellectual property (IP) policy underpins the development of creative and scientific works and is crucial to access to knowledge, the public commons, and human rights. Patents affect the research, development, and distribution of software, medicine, transportation, and food. Copyright policy governs access to all forms of media and determines how knowledge is constructed and shared. The Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation, and Intellectual Property is a document supporting IP reform to increase global access to information, creative works, and the sciences. This entry first describes the development of the Charter and the reasons behind it. It then discusses the nine points of the Charter.

The Charter was commissioned by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce in 2004 and is a ...

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