Intellectual Property from Outside the Box: The Curious Case of Internet from Space
6(2) Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law, published by Southwestern Law School in association with the American Bar Association, 169, (2016)
18 Pages Posted: 10 May 2017
Date Written: May 25, 2016
A new form of the Internet-Connected Network (the Internet) is here, and the law needs to take heed. This rival functions by way of beaming free wi-fi to and from space. It aims to reach every person and location on earth. One of the first contenders in this field is the Outernet system. A fully operational Outernet will require the launch of hundreds of satellites into low Earth orbit. Each satellite, which receives data from a network of ground stations, will broadcast the Internet to phones and computers, giving billions of people across the globe free online access. Using something known as datacasting technology, the Outernet (and other systems like it) promises to broadcast the Internet around the world.
This paper looks at this exciting new medium through the intellectual property looking glass. It highlights the many benefits and the challenges that the Outernet will pose to intellectual property.
Keywords: Internet-Connected Network, The Internet, Free Wifi to and from Space, Network of Ground Stations, Outernet, Intellectual Property, Broadcast the Internet around the World
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