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Trading rights in intellectual property

I name my system ‘Distributed Intellectual Property Rights (DIPR)’ which is slightly longwinded but a more accurate than continuing to use the term copyright. Copying-rights only form a small part of the system.

In addition to recording and regulating the intellectual rights to the intellectual product, as described in the previous section, the DIPR system also considers the following requirements to be necessary for an effective scheme.

  • Recognise that it takes work to formulate and present a new idea or intellectual product and that the creator of that product has rights over their creation: the right to have it identified as their work, the right to trade in it with others.
  • Help users to identify the product and its creator and the consumer’s obligation to reward the creator for using the product.
  • Protect the free flow of information.
  • Use technology to make the legal route for obtaining the product easier than the illegal route!
  • Protect the rights and privacy of all parties: creators, artists, producers, distributors, and consumers.
  • Allow the new system to evolve from the today’s practices and standards in such a way that it can accommodate all current digital products as well as new formats. If possible the new system should include existing product identification systems and enhance or extend current Electronic Copyright Management Systems.
  • Use the open standards and interconnectivity of cyberspace to maximum advantage.

The first principle behind the DIPR system is that the acquisition of some identified rights in an intellectual product by a consumer will involve the creator/owner and the consumer exchanging unique identifications. These identifications will form part of the digital manifestation of the product and will also be recorded in secure databases as part of the regulation process. These unique, regulated, physical, identifications will re-establish a true physical component in the digital form of an intellectual product. Thus:

Digital product = intellectual component + physical identifiers

The creator will own one of these unique, tangible, identifiers which will identify them as the author and the principle rights holder and the consumer will own the second which in turn establishes their identified right to access the intangible intellectual component.

The second principle is that, after this exchange has been completed, unlimited copies in the name of this registered consumer are allowed, providing that the identifications and the product remain unmodified and intact.

In the following section I give a more detailed description of the system for regulating this exchange of identifications.

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