2 RECONFIGURING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR CYBERSPACE : A Look

Abstract

With computer science technology and the Information Superhighway, or cyberspace, developing rapidly, information services and resources are playing an increasingly fundamental role in everyday life. The question of rights over information, who owns what and to what extent, is correspondingly becoming more complicated as well. Intellectual property law was developed to protect creator rights over so-called intangible goods in recognition of the great value these goods may have. Though many critics claim that the established regime for intellectual property is not adequate for the new requirements presented by the electronic, computer age, this regime continues to provide the only form of protection normally possible for information and information-based goods. An investigation was made to evaluate the appropriateness of intellectual property protection in cyberspace, beginning with the theoretical principles underlying the concept of property and their applicability to a nonphysical, electronic environment. It was found that these principles apply easily, despite the arguments considered that oppose our present intellectual property regime in cyberspace. Software was chosen as the most predominant intangible, computer good for which protection is sought and a study was made of current protection practice for software and the technological and political difficulties that surround such action. From the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 as a model, a specialized software act was then described as the recommended direction for the development of intellectual property law in cyberspace. Thesis Supervisor: J. D. Nyhart Title: Professor of Management and Ocean Engineering

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@inproceedings{Joe20072RI, title={2 RECONFIGURING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR CYBERSPACE : A Look}, author={Raymond K. Joe}, year={2007} }