Intellectual Property

Copyright and Trademark

Copyrights and trademark are both types of intellectual property (IP). Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works. A trademark provides protection to the owner of the mark by ensuring the exclusive right to use it to identify goods or services, or to authorize another to use it in return for payment.

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ISPs to Take on Illegal Downloading, Politely

Doug Lichtman
Source: American Public Media’s Marketplace
March 19, 2012

TED Becomes a Publishing Platform

Joshua Gans
Source: Harvard Business Review
March 5, 2012

Trademarks Take On New Importance in Internet Era

F. Scott Kieff
Source: The New York Times
February 20, 2012

Internet to Artists: Drop Dead

Stan Liebowitz
Source: The Wall Street Journal
January 24, 2012

Why the feds smashed Megaupload

James Grimmelmann
Source: Ars Technica
January 19, 2012

Don't Break the Internet

Mark Lemley
Source: Stanford Law Review
December 19, 2011
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TAP Blog

Pamela Samuelson Pushes Back on Stricter Copyright ISP Liability Rules

Berkeley law professor Pamela Samuelson’s recent article examines proposed reforms of the DMCA’s safe harbor rules that limit the liability of ISPs hosting user-generated content. Professor Samuelson urges Congress to “take a balanced approach” and “consider the interests of a wide range of stakeholders”.

TAP Staff Blogger

Fact Sheets

Piracy and IP Enforcement

In the context of technology, “piracy” is a colloquial term for the illegal copying of copyrighted works. The related problem of counterfeiting is the illegal reproduction of patented or trademarked products.

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Prize and Reward Alternatives to Intellectual Property

Some scholars have proposed prize or reward systems to encourage inventors and creators, as an alternative to the current intellectual property system. Designing prize and reward systems is challenging.

By: Michael B. Abramowicz