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ERIC Number: ED318415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 24
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Policy Issues in Computer Networks: Multi-Access Information Systems.
Lyons, Patrice A.
As computer databases become more publicly accessible through public networks, there is a growing need to provide effective protection for proprietary information. Without adequate assurances that their works will be protected, authors and other copyright owners may be reluctant to allow the full text of their works to be accessed through computer networks. There may also be a hesitancy on the part of users, such as librarians, to avail themselves of the material that may be accessible online, where the terms and conditions of access, if any, are unclear, or where the costs are prohibitive. The development of transactional frameworks for the collection and distribution of royalties in connection with computer networks, including possible mechanisms for obtaining required permissions online, is by far the most important undertaking in this context. However, there are several related measures that also require clarification in order that computer networks may achieve their promise of wide-spread access to information in electronic form. The paper discusses five issues that require further consideration: (1) ownership of rights in pre-existing works; (2) copyrightability of databases; (3) the Electronic Communications Privacy Act; (4) identification and intellectual property; and (5) digital libraries. (GL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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