Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)

The World Trade Organisation defines Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) as “the rights given to persons over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creation for a certain period of time.” As such upholding and respecting intellectual property must be a core function of the Internet ecosystem.

IPRs have an impact on all almost all sectors of business with copyright having a particular emphasis in the gaming, music, images, sports, and video industries. As the explosion in high-quality online content from these sectors has blossomed, fuelling billions in investment and even spawned whole new industries, IPRS and copyright become ever more relevant.

Intellectual property has become a focal point for some of the most important debates over the future of the Internet. If IPRs are not effectively enforced, much of what makes the Internet such a vibrant tool for creativity, information, communication and commerce is at stake. Indeed, entire industries are struggling to protect and monetise their IPRs in the face of new business models which undermine IPR mechanisms, dis-incentivising future investment and innovation, thus diminishing competition online.

Creators should feel free to share their content online without fear of non-attribution or piracy. Rogue websites and peer-to-peer networks remain a huge threat to IPR holders and it is encumbent on all players, to act firmly to ensure that illegal sites do not propsper at the expense of copyright and IPR. New payment models need to be created that take the needs of the creative and online communities into consideration.

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ICOMP Blogs on IPR

Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day April 24th, 2015 by admin World Intellectual Property Day, which is celebrated on Sunday April 26th, is a reminder to us all of the important ... read more
Profiting from Free, One Year On November 12th, 2014 by admin One year has passed since ICOMP published Profiting from free: the scourge of online piracy and how industry can help. ... read more
GOOGLE’S RESPONSE TO NEWS CORPORATION: A CHECK OF THE FACTS October 13th, 2014 by admin On September 17, News Corporation CEO Robert Thomson issued an open letter to EU Commission Vice-President Joaquin Almunia in support ... read more

Relevant White Papers

UK flag Profiting from Free: Updated White Paper (Nov 2014)November 12th, 2014
UK flagUK flag Profiting From Free: the scourge of online piracy and how industry can helpOctober 16th, 2013
UK flag ICOMP Submission to the Independent Review of Intellectual Property and GrowthMarch 7th, 2011
UK flag Intellectual Property on the Internet: The search for sustainable business practicesJuly 1st, 2010