Intellectual Property in Cyberspace

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Intellectual Property in the Information Age (Home Page)

U. Penn course home page dealing with all the ineffectiveness of traditional intellectual property law in the trespassing information age..

Frequently asked question of copyright law

by Terry Carroll

A faq for copyright law from the Stanford home page on Intellectual Property. The faq explains, what copyrights are, what is copyrighted material, what is "fair use", and where to get more information.

Revising the Copyright Law for Electronic Publishing

by David J. Loundy

A paper which deals with the present copyright rules of electronic publications (images, text etc..) and how the author would revise the intellectual property laws to fit the new electronic media.

The Copyright Grab

by Pamela Samuelson

An article/alert in the Hotwired electronic publication stating that the White Paper released by the Clinton Administration is a wholesale loss of fundamental rights.

The Information Law Web

A comprehensive Home page on information law including names, articles, cases, statutes and other locations on the net with relevant material. It will send you most you need to find information law topics. It is divided into people , Places, and Things.

Regulation & the National Information Infrastructure

Article by Henry H. Perry, Jr. of Villanova Univ. Law school. An article dealing with the NII report, current law and pending legislation, regulations of carriers and content, and the future of telephone, cable, entertainment, computers, and publishing. The work praises the Clinton administration for showing leadership in the future of information law and deals with the convergence of technology and culture of the NII as well as competition as a core goal.

Intellectual law Primer for Multimedia Developers

By Diane Brinson & Mark Radcliffe. Overview of multimedia issues regarding copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret.


A list of on line cites for cases, statutes, articles, and other relevant sources for information law.

Relevant Statutes

Relevant intellectual property statutes useful for studying cyberspace issues.

Cyberspace Law Review Bibliography

By Eric Schlcher. A list of off-line resources of information on cyberspace and information law, including law review pieces, articles, and books. Sources are listed alphabetically by author.

Villanova Information Law Chronicle

Villanova's Home page on Information law by Prof. Henry H. Perritt, Jr. "Offers specific pieces of law and accounting information with an emphasis on technology development and on articulating a vision of the role of the Internet in the National Information Infrastructure. Operated by the Villanova Center for Information Law & Policy.

Metaphors for Understanding Rights & Responsibilities in Network Communities - Printshops, Barons, Sheriffs, & Bureaucracies

By Henry H. Perritt, Jr.. An article explaining information issues on the net using metaphors and Holfeldian relations. Metaphors are used to explain issues in and responsibilities of network communities, ie. printshops, broadcasting and telephone systems, to describe legal relations.

EFF Intellectual Property Home Page

Electronic Frontier Foundation comprehensive archive of intellectual property issues regarding cyberspace. EFF is a public interest/think tank dedicated to the free flow of information on the net and to cyberrights. The Intellectual property home page contains articles, essays, faqs, cases they have worked on, and related links.

Copyright faq

A list of frequently asked questions about copyright law and the answers from the on staff counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Contains mostly basics dealing with public domain, fair use, international aspects, and suggestions on further information.

Legally Speaking: NII Intellectual Property Report

By Pamela Samuelson

A critical review of the NII preliminary draft (the green pages or Lehman report)), disagreeing with proposed changes to copyright law. Samuelson feels the proposed changes to copyright law will adversely effect information dissemination on the net and some of the assumption and that the assumptions of the report are flawed.

Report of the NII Task Force

July 1994. A lengthy report, by the task force formed by the Clinton administration, including an overview of current copyright law and recommended changes to deal with the growth of the net. The report suggests altering copyright laws to make the transmission of copyrighted material an infringement and to eliminate the first sale doctrine.

Selling Wine Without Bottles

By John Perry Barlow. An article calling for an overhaul of copyright law to allow for further expansion of the free flow of information over the net. Barlow suggests that current copyright laws cannot fit with the net's ability to reproduce and transmit information. Furthermore Barlow suggests that ideas of intellectual property need to be rethought in light of the information age.

First Amendment rights for Information Providers?

By Pamela Samuelson. Discussion of restrictions put in place during the 1984 Bell break up, the future of network service providers, and a discussion of first amendment issues. Were the restrictions on information services for Bell a restriction on speech? This article discusses the future of the information services in light of the first amendment.

Is Information Property?

By Pamela Samuelson. An article about the battle between corporations and people that want increased property rights and those who want the free flow of information through relaxed copyright law. Also the views of the United States Supreme Court in misappropriation of information criminal convictions.

Basic Principles of Copyright protection for Computer Software

By Robert E. Yoches & Arthur J. Levine. An article on the idea of "original works of authorship" and computer software, how the courts have treated such authorship. Computer programs present interesting questions in copyright law, this article looks at how courts have decided with evidence from specific cases.

Should Reverse Engineering of Computer Software Through Intermediate Copying be Prohibited?

By Lorrie Acherman, Eng. & Policy Graduate student at Washington Univ. An article on the idea of examining underlying applications of existing programs to develop new software, does it violate copyright law?

LaMaccia Case Archives

Motions, press, indictments, and memorandums on the LaMaccia computer hacker case.

Flow of Information and the NII

A multi-chaptered report on the future of network servers and the role the government will play. The report is by a committee of the National Science Foundation on suggestions of how to facilitate the construction of a suitable structure for achieving an integrated NII that can be useful to the United States and what the government should do to help enable its growth.

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