Tom Kelliher, CS 200
Sept. 22, 2009
Read: Chapter 5.
Turn in answers to these questions: 12, 31, and 40.
Turn in a one paragraph abstract describing your paper/presentation topic
(20% of your paper grade). Presentations will be April 9, 16, 23, and 30.
Three presentations per class, 15-20 minutes each.
Sign up for a time. Sign-up sheet is on my door. If you don't
sign-up for a time by 2/25, I will sign you up for a time.
- Intellectual property (IP)
- What is it?
- We have a natural right to physical property. What about
- Benefits/costs of intellectual property protection. Limitations.
- IP protection mechanisms: trade secrets, Trademarks and service
marks, patents, copyrights.
- Fair use:
- Four part test: Purpose and character of the use, nature of the
work being copied, how much is being copied, how will the use affect the
market for the work.
- Goucher's response: IP policy; safe harbor rules; Fair Use
- Time shifting, space shifting, format shifting.
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA):
- Strictures on fair use (personal copying).
- Digital rights management. Encrypted CDs (Microsoft vs. Apple
wrt .wma media file format).
- Peer-to-Peer Networks
- Napster, etc.
- eDigix service at Goucher. The ``right to violate copyright.''
- Protecting Software:
- Copyrights and patents.
- Open source software. Eric Raymond's The Cathedral and the
Problems: quality, splintering (unintended forks in development path, a la
- Ethical analyses of:
- IP protection for software.
- Copying IP.
- Real life example: a Goucher faculty member suspects a student of
plagiarism and uploads the student's paper to an online plagiarism
checking service. The service returns a ``hit'' and the student is sent
to the Honor Board. Next semester, the same student has the same
professor for another class. This time, the student puts a copyright
notice on his submitted paper.
- Pps. 210-: 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, and 37.
Thomas P. Kelliher