Knowledge Curation

43 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011 Last revised: 20 Dec 2011

Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: May 20, 2011

Abstract

This Article addresses conservation, preservation, and stewardship of knowledge, and laws and institutions in the cultural environment that support those things. Legal and policy questions concerning creativity and innovation usually focus on producing new knowledge and offering access to it. Equivalent attention rarely is paid to questions of old knowledge. To what extent should the law, and particularly intellectual property law, focus on the durability of information and knowledge? To what extent does the law do so already, and to what effect? This article begins to explore those questions. Along the way, the article takes up distinctions among different types of creativity and knowledge, from scholarship and research to commercial entertainment and so-called “User Generated Content”; distinctions among objects, works of authorship, and legal rights accompanying both; distinctions among creations built to last (sometimes called “sustained” works), creations built for speed (including “ephemeral” works), and creations barely built at all (works closely tied to the authorial “self”); and distinctions between analog and digital contexts.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Patent, Copyright, Trademark, Innovation, Creativity, Knowledge, Learning, Curation, Commons

JEL Classification: K11, O31, O33, O34

Suggested Citation

Madison, Michael J., Knowledge Curation (May 20, 2011). Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 86, p. 1957, 2011; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1848086

Michael J. Madison (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
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