Legal Dilemmas in Geographic Information

Property, Ownership and Patents

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The issue of property in, and ownership of, information in a legal sense is a vexed one. Protection of property rights in geographic information has yet to be addressed because of the some unresolved practical and emerging legal and theoretical questions. Maps, for example, have been used in many professional fields. Yet, it is still unclear exactly what parts of the map warrant protection. The representation of geographic data in digital form adds to further problems to the advances in information technology. As technological advancements continue to give rise to new and unforeseen property interests, the courts are struggling to apply legal concepts of intellectual property rights such as copyright to digital databases and maps. It is suggested in this paper that patents may be one way to go in terms of protecting property rights and in defining ownership. The problem of resolving rights in spatial databases illuminates shortcomings in legal theory in copyright as applied to geographic representations and to computer representations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number14
JournalJournal of Law and Information Science
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Fingerprint

right of ownership
patent
legal theory
intellectual property
information technology

Cite this

@article{c164181603f146aaa70c6fd90fd8b89f,
title = "Legal Dilemmas in Geographic Information: Property, Ownership and Patents",
abstract = "The issue of property in, and ownership of, information in a legal sense is a vexed one. Protection of property rights in geographic information has yet to be addressed because of the some unresolved practical and emerging legal and theoretical questions. Maps, for example, have been used in many professional fields. Yet, it is still unclear exactly what parts of the map warrant protection. The representation of geographic data in digital form adds to further problems to the advances in information technology. As technological advancements continue to give rise to new and unforeseen property interests, the courts are struggling to apply legal concepts of intellectual property rights such as copyright to digital databases and maps. It is suggested in this paper that patents may be one way to go in terms of protecting property rights and in defining ownership. The problem of resolving rights in spatial databases illuminates shortcomings in legal theory in copyright as applied to geographic representations and to computer representations.",
author = "George CHO",
year = "1995",
language = "English",
volume = "6",
journal = "Journal of Law and Information Science",
issn = "0729-1485",
number = "2",

}

Legal Dilemmas in Geographic Information : Property, Ownership and Patents. / CHO, George.

In: Journal of Law and Information Science, Vol. 6, No. 2, 14, 1995.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Legal Dilemmas in Geographic Information

T2 - Property, Ownership and Patents

AU - CHO, George

PY - 1995

Y1 - 1995

N2 - The issue of property in, and ownership of, information in a legal sense is a vexed one. Protection of property rights in geographic information has yet to be addressed because of the some unresolved practical and emerging legal and theoretical questions. Maps, for example, have been used in many professional fields. Yet, it is still unclear exactly what parts of the map warrant protection. The representation of geographic data in digital form adds to further problems to the advances in information technology. As technological advancements continue to give rise to new and unforeseen property interests, the courts are struggling to apply legal concepts of intellectual property rights such as copyright to digital databases and maps. It is suggested in this paper that patents may be one way to go in terms of protecting property rights and in defining ownership. The problem of resolving rights in spatial databases illuminates shortcomings in legal theory in copyright as applied to geographic representations and to computer representations.

AB - The issue of property in, and ownership of, information in a legal sense is a vexed one. Protection of property rights in geographic information has yet to be addressed because of the some unresolved practical and emerging legal and theoretical questions. Maps, for example, have been used in many professional fields. Yet, it is still unclear exactly what parts of the map warrant protection. The representation of geographic data in digital form adds to further problems to the advances in information technology. As technological advancements continue to give rise to new and unforeseen property interests, the courts are struggling to apply legal concepts of intellectual property rights such as copyright to digital databases and maps. It is suggested in this paper that patents may be one way to go in terms of protecting property rights and in defining ownership. The problem of resolving rights in spatial databases illuminates shortcomings in legal theory in copyright as applied to geographic representations and to computer representations.

M3 - Article

VL - 6

JO - Journal of Law and Information Science

JF - Journal of Law and Information Science

SN - 0729-1485

IS - 2

M1 - 14

ER -