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Basic Proposal for the Substantive Provisions of the Treaty on Intellectual Property in Respect of Databases to be Considered by the Diplomatic Conference

One of the items on the agenda for the 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Diplomatic Conference (December 2-20 1996), is a database treaty that would effect the way databases are treated in terms of intellectual property. The proposed treaty "seeks to safeguard makers of databases against misappropriation of the fruits of their financial and professional investment in collecting,...
Battle of the Bands: Metallica Sues Napster, Universities

It was only a matter of time before musicians filed lawsuits against Napster for listing downloadable audio files of their records on Napster's cooperative database. Metal band Metallica was the first to announce a lawsuit on April 13, 2000, alleging the company "violated the law by committing continuing copyright infringements, unlawful use of digital audio interface device, and violations of the...
Bitlaw: A Resource on Technology Law

Created and maintained by Daniel A. Tysver of Beck & Tysver, P.L.L.P., an intellectual property law firm, this site is a comprehensive resource on technology law, with "over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues." The site is divided into eight main sections, five of which (Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Software Patents, and Internet Legal Issues) are...
Integrating Content Management with Digital Rights Management

This white paper, published in May 2003, explores the task of effectively managing digital content while incorporating and protecting the digital rights associated with the content. The authors begin by defining a content management system as it is discussed in their paper and outline the key components and capabilities of such a system. After touching on the foundations of digital rights, the...
RIP Napster?

Yesterday US District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued a temporary restraining order, directing Napster not to facilitate or permit infringement of copyrighted material. Because the immensely popular person-to-person music trading service does not have the capability to separate copyrighted materials from non-copyrighted, this ruling will effectively shut down Napster at midnight tonight, pending...
Ten Simple Rules to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Scientists of all kinds will benefit from reading this excellent article from the open access journal, PLoS: Computational Biology. The authors, each of whom is well established in his field, offer ten simple rules that might help researchers protect their intellectual property. These include tips such as: Get Professional Help, Know Your (Intellectual Property) Rights, Think about Why You Want...
US Copyright Office Search Copyright Records: Registrations and Documents

The Copyright Office started pilot testing in mid-2001 a new user interface designed for first-time or occasional users of their three databases: registered works, serials, and documents. Their Telnet system LOCIS will still be available, but this site should help novices search for copyrights more effectively. Online information includes works registered since 1978, and records and index terms...
WIPO: What is Intellectual Property?

As this excellent site from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) so succinctly explains, intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names, and images used in commerce. Types of IP include Copyright, Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications. As a whole, the WIPO...
World Intellectual Property Organization

As with many forms of international governance, it is difficult to understand the complex lattice-like structure that protects intellectual property across the globe. Headquartered in Geneva, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is responsible for administering 23 international treaties that deal with various aspects of intellectual property protection. For those who may be less...