How Intellectual Property Serves or Resists New Technologies?

A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2023) | Viewed by 466

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IÉSEG School of Management, Digue, 59000 Lille, France
Interests: copyright; cultural heritage; trade secrets and 4.0 Industry; open data; trademarks and fashion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, things happen at a much quicker pace than it has previously. Cheaper multiplications of copies were possible since the advent of digital technologies, which also boosted a fast cross-border circulation of materials. Then, quicker production of elaborated outcomes is possible thanks to artificial intelligence systems, which are nowadays more and more present next to sophisticated software. New investments are increasingly made in decentralized ledgers, which are the technology used for cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens.

These phenomena raise many different questions. One of those is how legal instruments that have been designed before all this happened can resist them. Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) were introduced in times that did not know digital technologies, artificial intelligence, or blockchains. However, among the justifications of IPRs, the theory of incentives for enhancing creativity and innovation may be closely connected with the development of the disruptive abovementioned technologies. Some IPRs are designed for protecting technological tools under specific conditions; some others may be used for protecting the output of such technological tools. In any case, the digital realm first, and the metaverse then, are providing additional room for the protection of brands via trademarks (among others).

At the same time, digital technologies facilitate collaborations and collective intelligence. In other words, they facilitated the evolution of social practices and creativity or innovation processes, which currently, are often based on sharing initiatives. These last ones seem in contrast to exclusive rights.

This Special Issue aims to host papers discussing how IPRs serve or resist the technological and social evolutions in times of climate changes, political and societal crisis and instabilities.

Papers submitted will be peer-reviewed. They should not exceed 20,000 words in length including text, footnotes, and other accompanying material. and shall be sent on a rolling basis until September 1st to [email protected] or [email protected].

We look forward to your participation in this Special Issue.

Dr. Cristiana Sappa
Guest Editor

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  • IPRs
  • digital transformation
  • metaverse
  • blockchain
  • NFT
  • artificial intelligence

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