Imagine sending a magazine article to 10 friends-making photocopies, putting them in envelopes, adding postage, and mailing them. Now consider how much easier it is to send that article to those 10 friends as an attachment to e-mail. Or to post the article on your own site on the World Wide Web.
The ease of modifying or copying digitized material and the proliferation of computer networking have raised fundamental questions about copyright and patent--intellectual property protections rooted in the U.S. Constitution. Hailed for quick and convenient access to a world of material, the Internet also poses serious economic issues for those who create and market that material. If people can so easily send music on the Internet for free, for example, who will pay for music?
This book presents the multiple facets of digitized intellectual property, defining terms, identifying key issues, and exploring alternatives. It follows the complex threads of law, business, incentives to creators, the American tradition of access to information, the international context, and the nature of human behavior. Technology is explored for its ability to transfer content and its potential to protect intellectual property rights. The book proposes research and policy recommendations as well as principles for policymaking.
"Outlining issues with clarity and judiciousness, the book is without polemic or rancor. The volume is an excellent handbook for faculty, librarians, and administrators seeking to understand the choices they will face as universities produce and consume new kinds of intellectual property in a new kind of information economy."
-- Lingua Franca, July/August 2000
"...excellent talking points and interesting recommendations...clear enough for laypeople. This fien volume should be in all libraries."
-- Choice, October 2000
"...timely...The various chapters skillfully weave a host of perspectives and issues together to provide an integrated view...Digital Dilemma does a very good job placing current issues in context and identifies, explains, and organizes them in a balanced manner meaningful to a wide variety of people. ... The language is clear, and concepts are explained well. ...recommended for university, college, and community college libraries, as well as large public libraries and special libraries where IP is a concern. ...a must-read for practitioners grappling with IP issues in the digital environment."
-- Journal of Government Information, 2001
"The Digital Dilemma stands as a remarkably clear explanation of complex issues of enormous public importance. On the technology side alone, the report will be useful to teachers, lawyers, and judges for some time to come. ... Its explanatory clarity will likely be helpful to students and others trying to understand what these fights are about..."
-- Jurimetrics, Summer 2001
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