PUBLICATIONS & MULTIMEDIA LAW FINAL EXAM

IPSI 1996


 

Answer any two of the following five questions. Do not answer more than two questions. If you answer more than two questions, only the first two will be graded. Please write legibly. Good luck!

1. Your client is a new multimedia development company, preparing to publish its first CD-ROM. The CD-ROM will include the following types of content: a) text; b) photographs; e) motion picture footage; and d) sound recordings. Your client will be
licensing this content from others. What rights must be cleared for each type of content?

2. In class and in your readings we covered permissions headers and interactive (online) licensing programs. Discuss some of the legal issues (especially contract and intellectual property issues) raised by this technology.

3. In the article "Libel Law: Let it Die," author Mike Godwin states: "Maybe libel law is obsolete. Maybe it always was. But in the world of Net communications, it's bard to see why anyone should weep if libel law disappeared altogether." What does Mr. Godwin mean by this and do you agree or disagree with his argument?

4. In the article "Selling Wine Without Bottles," author John Perry Barlow states: "Intellectual property law cannot be patched, retrofitted, or expanded to contain the gasses of digitized expression any more than real estate law might be revised to cover the allocation of the broadcast spectrum." Other readings in the course reflected the perspective that copyright law, with a few adjustments, will continue to be a vital and necessary protection, even in the digital world. "at do you think is the future of
intellectual property protection in cyberspace?

5. The Report of the Working Group on Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure (the IITF "White Paper") includes a recommendation that "Section 106(3) of the Copyright Act be clarified to expressly recognize that copies or
phonorecords of works can be distributed to the public by transmission, and that such transmissions fall within the exclusive distribution right of the copyright owner." Discuss this recommendation and its potential implications for copyright law.
 

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