Intellectual Property Rights in Digital Environment

Chattopadhyay, Sougata Intellectual Property Rights in Digital Environment., 2013 . In National Conference on Reprographic Rights and Copyright Act : Challenges and Management, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, 7th-8th March 2013. [Conference paper]

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Intellectual property refers to the ownership of intangible goods. This includes ideas, designs, symbols, writings and creations. It also refers to digital media such as audio and video clips that can be downloaded online. Since intellectual property is intangible, if it is stolen, it may be difficult to recover. Say for example, a person comes up with a great idea for a new invention. Copyright originated in an age where the expression of the intellectual product in physical form, such as a book. Today, in the information age where digital information can be easily copied at minimal cost this natural physical limitation to unauthorized copying is removed. It is therefore time to reconsider the principle of the copyright model. The purpose of copyright law is to balance the rights of copyright holders and users. Existing copyright law is applicable in the digital age also. As more and more information becomes available in digital format, libraries must be ensure that public can enjoy the same access rights as with printed information. This paper deals with scope and coverage of various concepts connected with IPR, such as intellectual product, patents, copyright, designs, trademarks, computer software, databases, Internet and cyber laws. Copyright issues associated with digital / electronic information and protection of digital right.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Intellectual Property Right, Digital Society, Library
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
Depositing user: Mr. Sougata Chattopadhyay
Date deposited: 24 Mar 2018 12:10
Last modified: 24 Mar 2018 12:10


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