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Library Research guide for digital culture and intellectual property in Cochran Sp 2016

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Digital Culture


The internet is a prevelant force in today's world. There are many facets of digital culture: Social media, Computing infrastructure, visual mediums, and others. There are also inherent concerns surrounding digital culture. Identity and identity tourism are issues in the evolving digial culture. Are people who they say they are online? Other issues in digital culture include: cyber stalking/bullying, future shock, identity theft, information overload, easy access to pornography, survellience, and technological determination.

Perhaps the largest issue in our new digital culture is that of intellectual property rights. Who owns the internet and what is produced on it? These have been the persistent questions since the inception of the internet. Things are copied, borrowed, and outright stolen every day on the internet. This guide will assist you in formulating your own opinion about this issue and give you the resources needed to defend that opinion.

Intellectual Property

What exactly is meant by the term "Intellectual Property"? "Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce."- World Intellectual Property Organization. 

There are many facets to intellectual property. There are copyrights, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and geographical indicators. Each of these demands a different response to be able to use and to denote the owner correctly. This guide will provide some resources for each.

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