1st Edition

Copyright Intellectual Property in the Information Age

By Edward W. Ploman, L. Clark Hamilton Copyright 1980
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1980, Copyright offers an explanation and an analysis of the wider implications of copyright as an instrument for ordering the flows of information and culture within and among societies. The book traces the development of copyright and related rights with emphasis on the policy aspects and on how copyright was influenced by and in its turn influenced the users of new information technology.

    Significant discussion is devoted to the international aspects of copyright, its unique position in international law, and its role in the relations between industrialized and developing countries. Having provided a basic understanding of copyright principles and their implications, the authors then analyse how well or badly copyright is coping with the various information and communication technologies that have developed primarily in the twentieth century. Finally, they discuss how copyright operates in a modern technological society, the existing challenges to copyright, and its prospects for the future.

    1. Origins and early development  2. Modern systems and principles of copyright  3. International agreements and structures  4. Representative national copyright systems  5. Challenges to copyright: new technologies and media  6. The outer limits of copyright  7. Policies for the information age


    Edward W. Ploman, a Swedish expert in international communications, was the Vice-Rector of the Global Learning Division of the United Nations University. He was Executive Director of the International Institute of Communications in London from 1972–1981. He had worked in various capacities for the European Broadcasting Union, the United Nations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other bodies.

    L. Clark Hamilton worked for the Library of Congress as the Chief of the Computer Applications Office where, eventually, he rose to the position of Deputy Register of Copyrights. He specialized in the development of legal information retrieval systems.  In 1980, Clark retired from the Library of Congress and was recalled to active duty in the Air Force working with the Pentagon and DIA. He was a member of the American Bar Association.

    Reviews of the first publication:

    “…there is important material in this book for anyone interested in questions of property and property rights in the changing economic and political configurations of our times.”

    Jennifer Daryl Slack, Media, Culture & Society

    “…for the policymaker and layman, the authors have produced a well-written, understandable, readable essay in a remarkably small number of pages on a subject that is recognized to be "one of the most complicated and esoteric branch of law." Because an essay of such high quality is an accomplishment itself, this layman reviewer recommends the book highly to every reader of this review.”

    H. William Koch, Jurimetrics Journal