Intellectual Property Rights and Computer Technology

  • Joseph Migga Kizza
Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)


This chapter discusses the foundations of intellectual property rights and how computer technology has influenced and changed the traditional issues of property rights. The reader is immersed in a discussion of controversial issues of ownership in rapidly amalgamating global cultures, languages, beliefs, and values as a result of rapid globalization technologies such as telecommunication, which is casting a net far and wide, that are likely to create one global commons in the near future. The controversial issues focused on here include the politics and psychology of ownership and the changing infringement landscape. Another issue of interest in our focus is the intellectual property crime (IPC), activities that involve infringement, counterfeiting, piracy of products and services for profit without permission from the creator, misappropriation, misrepresentation, corruption and bribery, and espionage.


World Trade Organization Patent Protection Intellectual Property Right Trade Secret Software Piracy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Migga Kizza
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TennesseeChattanoogaUSA

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