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Holmes, WN 2004 , 'Data and Information as Property' , Computer, vol. 37, no. 5 , 92, 90-91 , doi: 10.1109/MC.2004.1297256.

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This essay reviews the history and nature of copyright and patent law and its application to digital technology, explaining that copyright relates to data and patents to information, traditionally industrial information. Some implications of the effects on intellectual property law of the enlargement of digital technology are canvassed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: copyright, patent law, intellectual property, data, information, digital technology
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/MC.2004.1297256
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A more formal version of this essay was published as essay 1.6 in the author's book "Computers and People" (Wiley, 2006). This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

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