ERIC Number: ED272173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
This report examines the impact of recent and anticipated advances in communication and information technologies on the intellectual property system. Focusing primarily on the federal copyright system, it assesses the effectiveness of copyright law as a policy tool in the light of technologies such as audio and videorecorders, computer programs, electronic databases, and telecommunications networks. To provide a comprehensive view, the study examines the intellectual property system from a number of perspectives: the constitutional basis of intellectual property policy; the system's goals, laws, and economics; the creative environment; problems of enforcement; the international context; and the federal role in administering intellectual property rights. In preparing this report, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) drew on working papers developed by OTA staff and contractors; the comments of participants at seven OTA workshops held to discuss issues; the results of two public opinion surveys conducted by Yankelovich, Skelly & White; and conversations between OTA staff and more than 130 interested individuals. (THC)
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Copyrights, Databases, Federal Government, Government Publications, Government Role, Information Networks, Information Science, Information Systems, Intellectual Property, Legal Responsibility, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Videotape Recordings
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.