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Copying And Copyright

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Copying And Copyright

  1. 1. Copying and Copyright Tracey Cheng University of Washington - Com 548 3 November 2009
  2. 2. "The information infrastructure thus has the potential to demolish the careful balancing of public good and private interest that has emerged from the evolution of U.S. intellectual property law over the past 200 years."  - Davis Randall
  3. 3. The Problem <ul><li>Increasing use of digital information </li></ul><ul><li>Widespread reach of computer networks </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of the web </li></ul><ul><li>Emergence of computers into everyday life </li></ul>
  4. 4. Copyright vs. Copying <ul><li>Total control over reproduction and access </li></ul><ul><li>Photocopying (a lesser form of the original) </li></ul><ul><li>Control over copying equals total control over access </li></ul><ul><li>Potentially perfect copies of original work </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Licensing – essentially private agreements transfers a limited amount of rights to use an item </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information is delivered as experiences rather than artifacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The right to the use of something while providing no ownership of it </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What’s Going On Now <ul><li>Customization </li></ul><ul><li>Give something to promote another </li></ul><ul><li>Give something to sell upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>Charge more for copying </li></ul>
  7. 7. Discussion Questions <ul><li>Is there still room for copyrights to survive in the future when everything is virtually getting digitalized? </li></ul><ul><li>Will decreasing copyright protection make a difference now? </li></ul><ul><li>Can digital contents alone be enough to sustain the cultural needs of the society? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reference <ul><li>Benkler, Y. (2006). The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom . Yale University Press: New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Randall, D. (2001). &quot;Digital Dilemma&quot;. Communications of the ACM . v. 44(2), February 2001, p. 77-83. </li></ul><ul><li>Varian, H. (2005). &quot;Copying and Copyright&quot;. Journal of Economic Perspectives. v. 19(2), Spring 2005, p. 121-138. </li></ul>

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