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Intellectual Property Rights and the Emerging Information Infrastructure


 The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age
This report discusses the complex labyrinth of technology, law, economics, social science, and public policy that shapes digital intellectual property, with an emphasis on copyright. (January 2000)

Project Scope

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board will examine intellectual property issues associated with the emerging information infrastructure. The study will explore: (1) the nature, evolution, and use of the Internet, federal networks, and other interconnected networks; (2) trends in the generation, distribution, and protection of content that can be accessed via networks; and (3) technological capabilities for protecting databases and other copyrightable materials. The objective will be to develop recommendations for reconciling technical capabilities with the legal issues raised in protecting intellectual property and to find ways of balancing the interests of publishers with those of the research, education, library, and federal networking communities.

Committee Members

Randall Davis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chair
Shelton Alexander, Pennsylvania State University
Joey Anuff, Wired Ventures
Howard Besser, University of California, Los Angeles
Scott Bradner, Harvard University
Joan Feigenbaum, AT&T Labs-Research
Henry Gladney, IBM Almaden Research Center
Karen Hunter, Elsevier Science Inc.
Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information
Christopher Murray, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Roger Noll, Stanford University
David Reed, Cable Television Laboratories Inc.
James N. Rosse, Freedom Communications Inc. (Ret.)
Pamela Samuelson, University of California, Berkeley
Stuart Shieber, Harvard University
Bernard Sorkin, Time Warner Inc.
Gary E. Strong, Queens Borough Public Library
Jonathan Tasini, National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981


Alan S. Inouye, Program Officer
Jerry R. Sheehan, Senior Program Officer
Margaret Huynh, Senior Project Assistant
Nicci T. Dowd, Project Assistant
Mickelle Rodgers, Senior Project Assistant
Marjory S. Blumenthal, Executive Director


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