Peter Drahos notes, "Property rights confer authority over resources. When authority is granted to the not many over resources on which many rely, the not many get power over the objectives of the many. This has consequences for both political and economic freedoms with in a society.":13
The World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO recognizes that conflicts may exist between the respect for and implementation of current intellectual property systems and other human rights. In 2001 the UN board on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued a document called "Human rights and intellectual property" that argued that intellectual property tends to be ruled by economic objectives when it should be viewed mainly as a social product, to serve human well being, intellectual property systems must respect and conform to human rights laws. as indicated by the board, when systems fail to do so they risk infringing upon the human entitlement to food and health, and to cultural participation and scientific benefits. In 2004 the General Assembly of WIPO adopted The Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization which argues that WIPO should "focus more on the needs of developing countries, and to view IP as one of many tools for developmentnot as an end in itself".
more along these lines, The ethical problems brought up by IP rights are most pertinent when it's socially priceless products like life saving medicines are given IP protection. While the application of IP rights can let businesses to charge higher than the marginal cost of production to recoup the costs of research and development, the price may exclude from the market anybody who can not pay for the cost of the product, in this case a life saving drug. "An IPR driven regime is so not a regime that's conductive to the investment of R&D of merchandise that are socially priceless to predominately poor populations".
Some libertarian critics of intellectual property argued that allowing property rights in ideas and info creates fake shortage and infringes on the entitlement to own tangible property. Stephan Kinsella uses the following scenario to argue this point.