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The claim that indigenous communities are entitled to have intellectual property rights (IPRs) to both their plant varieties and their botanical knowledge has been put forward by writers who wish to protect the plant genetic resources of indigenous communities from uncompensated use by biotechnological transnational corporations. We argue that while it is necessary for indigenous communities to have such rights, the entitlement argument is an unsatisfactory justification for them. A more convincing foundation for indigenous community IPRs is the autonomy theory developed by Will Kymlicka.
Author(s): Stenson AJ, Gray TS
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Environmental Ethics
Print publication date: 01/01/1999
ISSN (print): 0163-4275