INTRODUCTION Advances in technology have often posed challenges for intellectual property (IP) law. Congress has, for instance, periodically amended copyright law to regulate new technology products (such as photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, and cable television) or new uses of works made possible by advances of technology. 1 In addition, new… (More)
The main purpose of DRM is not to prevent copyright infringement but to change consumer expectations about what they are entitled to do with digital content.
T he challenges that digital technologies pose for national and international regulation of intellectual property rights are receiving considerable attention these days from governmental commissions. In September 1995 the Clinton administration's National Information Infrastructure Task Force Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights issued its White… (More)
C opyright law has traditionally balanced the interests of authors, publishers, and the consuming public. The goal of this law has not been to maximize the degree of control authors or publishers can exercise over all copies or uses of their works but rather to provide enough control over works and performances to give authors and their publishers… (More)
In July 1994 the Clinton administra-tion's Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights issued a preliminary draft report on Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure (NH) [Z]. This column reflects the principal comments I made about the report in response to a call for public comments on it. If the ND is to achieve its potential as… (More)
Science has advanced in part because data and scientific methodologies have traditionally not been subject to intellectual property protection. In recent years, intellectual property has played a greater role in scientific work. While intellectual property rights may have a positive role to play in some fields of science, so does the public domain. This… (More)
The software copyright look and feel lawsuits have created a climate of uncertainty in the user interface design field [3, 41. Although individuals may have opinions about how these lawsuits should be decided, it is difficult for them to know how representative their views are. This column will report on a survey on the user interface field's perspective on… (More)
Copyright industries are hoping that digital rights management (DRM) technologies will prevent infringement of commercially valuable digital content, such as music and movies. These industries have already persuaded legislatures to adopt broad anti-circumvention rules to protect DRM from being hacked, and courts have interpreted these statutes even more… (More)