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Intellectual Property Law and Interactive Media

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Edward Lee Lamoureux, Steven L. Baron and Claire Stewart

The digitizing of intellectual property and the ease and speed with which it can be copied, transmitted, and globally shared poses legal challenges for traditional owners of content rights, for those who create new media, and for those who consume new media content.
This informative and accessible introductory text, written for students of media and communication, provides a comprehensive overview of the complex legal landscape surrounding new media and intellectual property rights. The authors present theoretical backgrounds, legislative developments, and legal case histories in intellectual property law. Copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, personal torts (rights of publicity, defamation, privacy) are examined in U.S., international, and virtual contexts. Suitable as a primary text for courses focusing on intellectual property law in multimedia/new media, this book will also be useful for courses in media law. The information presented in the book is supplemented by, a blog providing updates to students and instructors alike. A glossary of key terms is also provided.


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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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