Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Alina Ng presented the poster, Propety, Privileges and Access to Information (Download Property, Privileges and Access to Information):
Professor Ng is a Professor at the Mississippi College School of Law, where she has taught since 2007. She teaches Property, Cyberlaws, Copyright, Patent, Law & Economics, and Advance Copyright. Before becoming a professor, she was a Fulbright Scholar. She has published articles such as The Author's Rights in Literary and Artistic Works, 9 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 453 (2010), The Social Contract and Authorship: Allocating Entitlements in the Copyright System, 19 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 413 (2009), and Copyright's Empire: Why the Law Matters, 11 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 337 (2007).
According to Professor Ng,
I created this poster to highlight some conceptual points I am working on with respect to the issue of access to information. We have looked at the question of access to information in intellectual property as often one of public policy in terms of acheiving economic efficiency or wealth distributional goals. I am trying to reframe the question of access as one of law by highlighting that how we conceptualize rights in information and rights to use information may provide some solutions as to how we understand the question of access. Access from an author's view point is essentially one where society has in roads into uses of his personal expression, for which an in rem right in a work may make more sense for him. But generally, from a societal point of view, any rights society has to use information is really an in personam right to use the work for the purposes of progress of science and the useful arts, dependent upon the payment for use to the publisher or author.
This poster is intended to highlight these points that I make in the paper. Although I haven't put this paper up on SSRN or BePress, I am attaching a preliminary draft that I presented at the AALS Junior Property Scholars Workshop in New Orleans that you can look at.
You can download the preliminary draft by clicking the following link (Download Rights, Privileges and Access to Information).