It can be inferred that the author of the passage is most likely to believe which one of the following?

Josh on June 11, 2018

Why not B?

Could you please explain why D is correct instead of B? Thanks!

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Josh on June 13, 2018

Could you please explain why D is correct instead of B? Thanks!

Christopher on June 15, 2018

@joshuavt, (B) would work until you get to line 39. The author is discussing a particular theory about intellectual property law and how it can be applied, and in all of the examples given to that point, it works. However, at line 39, the author shifts to ways in which that particular model breaks down, giving examples in which the important piece of the intellectual property is the idea and not the tangible expression of it.

If the author completely committed to the tangible-object theory, then (B) would be correct. However, the author points out that the weakness of the tangible-object theory is that it doesn't adequately deal with situations in which the idea behind the tangible expression is the key piece of the intellectual property. So the author would not likely believe (B).

In the last part of the passage the author claims that one of the reasons why the tangible-object theory is inadequate is because it doesn't take into account whether an object's creator can claim ownership over the ideas that went into the object. By suggesting this as a inadequacy in the described theory suggests that an adequate theory of intellectual property likely WOULD take this concept into account. Thus, we arrive at (D).

Does that help?

Josh on June 16, 2018

Thank you very much! Your explanation was very clear!