Intellectual Property

Tom Kelliher, CS 200

Feb. 17, 2004




Read: Chapter 5.

Turn in answers to these questions: 10, 23, 31.

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Chapter Summary

  1. Intellectual property (IP)
    1. What is it?

    2. We have a natural right to physical property. What about intellectual property?

    3. Benefits/costs of intellectual property protection. Limitations.

  2. IP protection mechanisms: trade secrets, Trademarks and service marks, patents, copyrights.

  3. Fair use:
    1. 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.

    2. Goucher's response: IP policy; safe harbor rules; Fair Use Committee.

    3. Time shifting and space shifting.

  4. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA):
    1. Strictures on fair use (personal copying).

    2. Digital rights management. Encrypted CDs (Microsoft vs. Apple wrt .wma media file format).

  5. Peer-to-Peer Networks
    1. Napster, etc.

    2. eDigix service at Goucher. The ``right to violate copyright.''

  6. Protecting Software:
    1. Copyrights and patents.

  7. Open source software. Eric Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

    Problems: quality, splintering (unintended forks in development path, ala Unix).

  8. Ethical analyses of:
    1. IP protection for software.

    2. Copying IP.

Discussion Questions

  1. Pps. 182--183: 23, 24, 30, 31, 33.

Thomas P. Kelliher
Wed Feb 16 09:17:32 EST 2005
Tom Kelliher