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Intellectual Property Rights in Social Media


On May 12, 2012, I spoke at the second annual lawTechCamp at the University of Toronto on "Intellectual Property Rights in Social Media". I talked about how the rapid growth of social media is challenging some traditional conceptions of IP and the ability of companies to protect and control their IP in this still relatively new frontier. Some of the issues I addressed were:

  • What kinds of IP are created and used in social media (e.g. usernames, content and "followers" or "friends")?
  • Who owns rights in that IP?
  • Are traditional IP laws adequately flexible to deal with issues arising from social media?

Here is copy of my presentation at lawTechcamp : IP Rights in Social Media

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