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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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Chapter 7: International IP Law



International IP Law

A number of relatively obvious things can be said about the international intellectual property law scene. For example, observing that the contemporary world is a complex geo-political-economic environment is not an observation that requires a great deal of insight. Noting that intellectual property law issues present large sets of complicated matters has been stressed throughout this book. The past, present, and future find IP law regimes all over the world dealing with old media (as well as IP law that deals with other than media matters). Having to deal with the implications that reformatting media content from analog to digital had on all aspects of media production, distribution, and consumption is common across modern media types. Facing the reality that the reach, speed, and ubiquity of the Internet have all changed the stakes for content touched by intellectual property law in a global environment cannot be denied.

The commonplaces in the preceding paragraph serve as a useful yet daunting introduction to this chapter. In a single book chapter, one can barely scratch the surface of a topic with as many facets as one finds in international IP law. The material begs for its own volume (or set of books/series). And yet the very ← 199 | 200 → nature of the world in which we live demands attention to these features, as little, if any, intellectual property content is isolated from most of these factors. This book has so far been limited...

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