Information Agents, Social Web and Intellectual Property

Information Agents, Social Web and Intellectual Property

Áurea Anguera de Sojo (Escuela Universitaria de Informática, Spain) and Francisco Serradilla (Escuela Universitaria de Informática, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-975-0.ch002
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Due to the development of the information society, there has been a substantial change in regulating certain legal aspects in the field of intellectual property. Focusing on the Internet, there is the need to protect, on the one hand, user interests in use and private access to information in order to ensure security and protection of the data exchanged on the Web and, on the other hand, to ensure respect and protection of copyright of the work as well as the sui generis right of database makers. The picture is extremely complicated as interests and rights that may collide with each other must be combined. In the case of Internet access to different content that is offered on the Web, there is also another problem. In many cases we are not only faced with the problem of determining who owns the rights or who is the author, but a new way of creating content through collaboration or automated software agents is spreading that is radically different from the traditional model which makes it even more complicated to establish the intellectual property regime and the rights derived thereof, as we will understand in the second chapter.
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2. Background: Intellectual Property As A Barrier To Knowledge Use

In recent years there has been a huge development in two fields: (a) the social web and (b) information agents.

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