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IT Regulatory Compliance in North America by Alan Calder

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CHAPTER 15: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (IPR)

Every organization needs to implement appropriate procedures to ensure compliance with legal restrictions on the use of material to which IPR might apply and on the use of proprietary software products.

Organizations deal with all sorts of third party material, some of which may contain IPR, in the form of copyright, design rights or trademarks. The cornerstone of US copyright law is the 1976 Copyright Act; the more recent, 1998, Digital Millennium Copyright Act made important advances, particularly in criminalization of attempts to circumvent digital rights management (‘DRM’) software.

Copyright protection is applied to specific expressions of ideas, not to the ideas themselves.

Copyright infringement ...

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