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Intellectual Property Law and Interactive Media

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Edward Lee Lamoureux, Steven L. Baron and Claire Stewart

Now in its second edition, this book offers a comprehensive treatment of intellectual property law and interactive media. Having been thoroughly updated, this edition captures emerging trends and issues in a shifting landscape (including international contexts and games/virtual worlds), legislative and judicial history, and the efforts to balance public and private interests. It explains the details relating to procedural issues in connection with each of the varied and unique forms of intellectual property management (copyright, patent, open source/open publishing, trademark, trade secrets, personal torts – right of publicity, privacy, defamation – and digital rights management) and registration.
Each chapter now includes a section that clearly introduces the fundamentals of the IP law aspect highlighted in the chapter. Each chapter also includes a new section dedicated to emerging Issues.
Case coverage is revised in two important ways: the bulk of the case analyses have been moved to a second volume, Case Analyses for Intellectual Property Law and New Media (Baron, Lamoureux, and Stewart); and references to cases in the primary text direct readers to pertinent sections in the new book.
The coverage allows this second edition to serve as an excellent resource for undergraduates studying interactive media, as well as being a primer for first year IP law students, a handbook for entrepreneurs, a guidebook for general lawyers to assist in referrals, and an interesting read for those simply curious about the field.
The books are supplemented by, a blog providing textual updates, online links to bibliographic materials, and extensive resource aggregation. Learning objectives for each chapter and a glossary of key terms is provided within the texts.


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Acknowledgments XI


Acknowledgments A book of this complexity requires extensive cooperation and coordination. Th e authors are appreciative of each other’s unique perspectives. We are also deeply indebted to Marc Cooperman and Robert Resis, two Chicago-based lawyers specializing in intellectual property law. Marc and Robert authored signifi cant portions of the case analyses presented in the book. Th e initials of the author for each section appear at the end of material for which they were primarily responsible. We off er heartfelt thanks to series editor Steve Jones for his confi dence in us and for his patience with the extended timeline required for a book of this nature. Editors, production, and marketing staff at Lang, especially Mary Savigar, Bernadette Shade, Sophie Appel, and Patty Mulrane, deserve praise for both professionalism and care. Lamoureux and Baron (sometimes joined by Stewart) teach a course about intellectual property law in new media at Bradley University. Th ey wish to thank their students for the insightful papers, projects, and class discussions that have made signifi cant contributions to this book. Bradley colleagues Jeff Huberman, Jim Ferolo, Howard Goldbaum (now at Univ. Nevada, Reno), and Lamoureaux.indd xi 2/2/09 10:46:51 PM xii intellectual property law and interactive media Paul Gullifor deserve special recognition for their leadership. Administrative support by Joan Wilhelm, Carrie Kroenke, Trudy Ruch, Jan Ringenberg, and Vicki Tomblin enables our collaboration. Th e authors thank their families for unyielding support throughout the process; we can only do these things when you love us...

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