Monday, January 2, 2006

News Analysis - Legal Framework: Users, Gatherers, and Publishers of Content Search for Accountability

The year has barely begun and already the battle cries against publishers and content collectors failing to pass public tests of integrity and security are swelling up to deafening levels. At the same time user-generated media producers are beginning to recognize that they need far more legal leverage to protect their own rights to intellectual property. The power of publishing-empowered citizens is not just a financial force but increasingly a political force that is compelling publishers to consider many new forms of legal and technical protection against legal action and intellectual property theft. The push for an effective framework for guarding the interests of individuals and institutions in electronic publishing is moving towards a far broader debate as to what the boundaries of personal rights are going to be in a content-driven global economy.

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