Introduction to Intellectual Products
The copyright regime today appears to be troubled
by many issues: How do you define a copy of a digital product while
it moves through the digital environment? When is 'fair use' not
fair? Should media companies be able to monitor every use of a copyrighted
product? Will the same companies be forced out of business by pirating?
How can we protect the free flow of information and still reward
the artist? Is copyright up to the task?
As the authors of The
Digital Dilemma have said:
Given the challenges to the copyright regime posed by
digital information, the committee concluded that alternatives to
a copy-based model for protection of digital information deserve
In this paper I take a broad view of regulating
intellectual property in the current and future digital environments.
By analyzing the structure and forms of intellectual products and
the rights individuals can claim to these products I am able to
propose a system which would grant rights to all, both creators
and consumers, and protect the flow of information for the whole
of society. This will not involve replacing copyright but rather
augmenting it with a new regime which creators can choose to use
to publish and distribute their creative works.