Knowledge and Education: Pro-Access Implications of New Technologies
in Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (ed.) Intellectual Property and Human Development: Current Trends and Future Scenarios, Cambridge University Press 2010
26 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2014
Date Written: June 1, 2010
The framework of ‘Knowledge and Education’ is broad, and overlaps with various areas of intellectual property (IP). Copyright is the dominant legal and policy regime governing this domain. As discussed in other chapters of the book, access to know-ledge and education is also circumscribed by such concerns as the expanding scope of patents and its impact on basic research and research tools, public access to patent disclosure information, protection of traditional knowledge, general systems of access and distribution of information, and particular access issues for disabled persons. While Chapter 6 has extensively discussed the implications of copyright law and exceptions on access to textbooks in developing countries, this chapter focuses on implications of new technologies – especially information and communication technologies (ICTs) – on access to information products. In discussing some recent legislative trends, it looks at pro-access strategies by developing countries and civil society organizations (CSOs) relating to knowledge and education.
Keywords: Berne Conventions, TRIPS, Copyright, access to knowledge
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