STRAND 1: Social/ethical significance > 1. 4 Intellectual property

See the ITGS Guide p. 21 for details regarding Strand 1 Social/ethical significance and 1.4 Intellectual property.




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Digital Millenium Coyright Act
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Intellectual Property (IP)

Individuals and groups develop creative works such as books, music and art or compile information sources such as databases. These are products of the mind - intangable products not like land. In todays world wide legal environment the of these works are provided certain ownership rights.
What they own is the Intellectual Property (IP).... Read more

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Case Studies
Range of easy to use case studies

Napster Case Study
Napster file sharing - famous watershed case and found guilty

iiNet - example of complex ISP copyright case
iiNet - Australian ISP taken to court for copyright infringment -
currently found not guilty, appeal pending in High Court

Global Piracy Study 2010
Download the report and view video
Faces of Internet Piracy

Strand 1: Piracy

Strand 3: Network, IT systems in organizations
Eighth annual BSA Global Software Piracy Study - 2010

Strand 1: Piracy

Strand 3: Network, IT systems in organizations

'Only the Best' Videos and Podcasts

Harsh Consequences of Identity Theft

What is Intellectual Property?

Avoid Identity Theft

Explanation of the law SOPA

BBC account and clip
Google, Viacom and You Tube - legal case 2007, short video clip included
iiNet Discussion ANB News
Very important discussion related to iiNet and ISPs in general.
6m Fake Chinese Goods Destroyed

Copyright, IP and Freespeech

An interesting site to look at is This has been responsible for a range of disclosures and as such has probably infringed on copyright i.e. ownership and also potentially privacy issues. However, the key tenet of the site is freespeech and the right to know! The idea of whisleblowers is one that has a long tradition. The student is encouraged to investigate this term in relation to how it may apply in their country. The person behind this site is Julian Assange, an Australian - you can read an article on him at WikiLeaks - theAge newspaper

(the author would like to acknowledge the valuable input of Jaani Riordan to the above notes: see Jaani)

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