Intellectual Property Rights in a Networked World: Theory and Practice

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Information Science Pub., 2005 - Business & Economics - 281 pages
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This book is a collection of recent essays offering fresh perspectives on the scope and future of intellectual property rights. The tripartite division of the book is designed to make this inter-disciplinary topic more accessible and intelligible to readers of diverse backgrounds. Part I consists of a single essay that provides a broad overview of the main themes in intellectual property scholarship, such as normative intellectual property theory and the legal infrastructure for property protection. The second section of the book presents several essays that are intended to deepen the reader's understanding of intellectual property theory and show how it can help us to grapple with the proper allocation of property rights in cyberspace. And the final section further develops the themes in Part II but in greater detail and with a more practical orientation. While intellectual property rights create dynamic incentive effects, they also entail social costs, and they are sometimes in tension with the development of a robust public domain.

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Richard A. Spinello is an associate research professor in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College (USA) Herman T. Tavani is professor and chair of the Philosophy Department and director of the Liberal Studies Program at Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire (USA) Ann Bartow has been an assistant professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law (USA) since August 2000 Elizabeth Buchanan is assistant professor and co-director of the Center for Information Policy Research at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) Dan Burk holds the Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly Professorship in Law at the University of Minnesota (USA) James Campbell works as a communication planning and production specialist with both non-profit and for-profit enterprises Kai Kimppa works as an assistant professor of Information Systems at University of Turku (Finland) Melanie J. Mortensen is an associate with the Montreal law firm Greenspoon Perreault (Canada) Thomas M. Powers is National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, USA Michael J. Scanlan is an associate professor at Oregon State University (USA)

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