Who Owns Information?: From Privacy to Public Access

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Basic Books, 1994 - Law - 241 pages
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"An extremely useful book about the quirky and complex nature of ownership of information."-- "Washington Times" "For brilliantly sorting out the issues and complexities of the information era, Anne Wells Branscomb should be declared a national treasure."--John Naisbitt, author, "Megatrends"

"A very accessible guidebook for students, scholars, and all citizens on how to think about control of information and thus of action."--George Gerbner, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Annenberg School of Communication

"A fascinating, thought-provoking book."--Roger Noll, Stanford University School of Business

 

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Contents

Control of the Legal Infostructure
1
Who Owns Your Name and Address?
9
Who Owns Your Telephone Number?
30
Who Owns Your Medical History?
54
Who Owns Your Image?
73
Who Owns Your Electronic Messages?
92
Who Owns Video Entertainment?
106
Who Owns Religious Information?
119
Who Owns Computer Software?
138
Who Owns Government Information?
159
Information as an Asset From Personal Autonomy to Public Access
174
NOTES
187
INDEX
231
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Anne Wells Branscomb a communications and computer lawyer, is a legal scholar-in-residence at Harvard University's Program on Information Resources Policy. A frequent contributor to both popular and professional journals on the relationship of information technology to the law, she is the editor of Toward a Law of Global Communications Networks.

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