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Copyright owners have to accept that it may not be possible to protect their intellectual property rights on the Internet in the future.

The warning comes from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) who concede that, “No matter how ingenious the technology used to protect works against unauthorised use, equally ingenious ways may be developed to circumvent it.”

Commenting on the popularity of MP3.com and Napster, British programmer Ian Clarke who designed the software utility Freenet, echoed WIPO’s fears and advises businesses to accept that copyright protection is no longer possible.
He says: “I have two words for these companies: ‘give up’, there is no way they are going to stop these technologies. They are trying to plug holes in a dam that is about to burst.”

These comments are amongst several views that appear in a forthcoming book called Caught in a Web, Intellectual Property in Cyberspace by Derwent Information that looks at the intellectual property minefield on the web. A chapter of the book on copyright issues is previewed on the Internet at www.ipmatters.net/webcaught/intro.html and net users are invited to post their views on the topic in an on-line forum.
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Caught in a Web explores whether there is a need to provide an effective intellectual property system for the Internet. In the 208-page guide, the roles of patents, trademarks and copyright with respect to the web come under the scrutiny of experts from the Internet and IP professions alike.

Francis Gurry, the Assistant Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, provides the foreword and interviewees include Andrew Yeates, Director General of the British Phonographic Industry and Robin Gross the lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Part of Thomson Scientific, Derwent Information is the world’s leading authority in patent and scientific information solutions, covering more than a million patents a year, from 40 international patent authorities, as well as research papers from more than 1,200 other sources. Over 350 Derwent scientific and patent experts assess, classify, abstract and code this information into sector-specific patent families, in which the entire patent history of each invention is contained. For further information on Derwent and its products and services go to www.derwent.com

For additional information about this publication, please contact: The Marketing Department, Derwent Information, 14 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DF (fax +44 (0)207 344 2901/email: ann-maria.joyce@derwent.co.uk)

Readers can post comments to the authors of the book at: www.ipmatters.net/webcaught/intro.html


For more press information contact:
Deborah Fields/Peter Colegate at Prowse & Co, tel: 01372 363 386
Ann-Maria Joyce at Derwent, tel: 020 7424 2624

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