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Alternative systems for Intellectual Property in the digital age

Flew, Terry, Leisten, Susanna H., & Hearn, Gregory N. (2006) Alternative systems for Intellectual Property in the digital age. In Servaes, Jan & Thomas, Pradip (Eds.) Intellectual Property Rights Communication in Asia: Conflicting Traditions. SAGE Publications, New Delhi, India, pp. 226-240.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the current turbulent state of copyright in the digital age, and explores the viability of alternative compensation systems that aim to achieve the same goals with fewer negative consequences for consumers and artists. To sustain existing business models associated with creative content, increased recourse to DRM (Digital Rights Management) technologies, designed to restrict access to and usage of digital content, is well underway. Considerable technical challenges associated with DRM systems necessitate increasingly aggressive recourse to the law. A number of controversial aspects of copyright enforcement are discussed and contrasted with those inherent in levy based compensation systems. Lateral exploration of the copyright dilemma may help prevent some undesirable societal impacts, but with powerful coalitions of creative, consumer electronics and information technology industries having enormous vested interest in current models, alternative schemes are frequently treated dismissively. This paper focuses on consideration of alternative models that better suit the digital era whilst achieving a more even balance in the copyright bargain.

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ID Code: 39370
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This chapter was also presented at the International Conference on Intellectual Property Rights, Communication and the Public Domain in the Asia-Pacific Region, 14-17 December 2004 Brisbane, Australia.
Keywords: intellectual property, digital rights management, creative commons, creative industries, digital content
ISBN: 0761934987
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Communications and Media Policy (160503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sage Publications Inc
Deposited On: 04 Jan 2011 12:55
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2011 16:13

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