Laws around Intellectual PropertyUp one level
Digital communications and global online systems are having a substantial effect on our copyright and trademark laws. There is considerable debate over whether laws that were designed to protect the copying of physical objects can be enforced in an environment where copying is cheap, easy, instantaneous and perfect. Because the information industries are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy, there is a great deal of economic interest in finding both legal and technical ways to protect the information product in the digital environment. At issue is the balance between public and private interests. Strict copyright laws may protect the interests of companies selling intellectual property products, but these same laws could limit public access to information. CPSR supports copyright legislation that protects the public's ability to pursue ideas through the assertion of fair use rights.