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October 28, 2007

How it all started

The emergence of the World Wide Web as a medium has posed a number of issues that challenge our traditional interpretations of copyrights. The digital technology of the World Wide Web makes copying original materials extremely simple and convenient for all users. Whenever you inspect a page your browser downloads the files that make up that page. Downloading constitutes copying materials since digital replicas of the text, images, etc. must be transmitted over a network to your computer in order to be viewed. These copies, however, are transient--the legal term is "ephemeral," meaning that they exist only temporarily. Even so, it is very easy to save these items in a more permanent state for other uses. That’s where the notion of intellectual property rights comes in…

Posted by kamokazi at October 28, 2007 03:14 PM


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