Intellectual Property Issues in the Development, Use and Commercialization of Geographic Information Systems: An Australian Perspective

George CHO, Eugene Clark, Arthur HOYLE

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Abstract

The concept of risk management as applied to the development and
commercialization of Geographic Information systems (GIS) was analysed
previously in this journal. This article focuses on intellectual property
issues facing both governments and GIS producers in securing commercial
advantage and return for their labour. As GIS and their use of spatial
databases are relatively new and without significant case law, this article
examines the related and objectively similar computer program piracy case
law as a pointer to future judicial and legislative trends in relation to GIS.
Although the article focuses on Australian intellectual property law, it also
examines the developments in other jurisdictions including the European
Union and particularly those in the USA, reputedly the largest producer and
user of GIS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-153
Number of pages43
JournalJournal of Law and Information Science
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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