Information Technology Law

Professors: Dr. Guido Westkamp,
Queen Marry University of London, School of Law

Dr. Goce Naumovski
SS.Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty

Content

1.    Information Protection & Intellectual Property
2.    Basics of Intellectual Property
3.    The International Intellectual Property System and Digital Technology
4.    Copyright Protection of Computer Programs
5.    Patent Protection of Computer Programs
6.    Database Protection in Intellectual Property
7.    Database Protection (Unfair Competition and Misappropriation Concepts).
8.    Categorisation of Digital Works in Intellectual Property: Semi Conductors, Multimedia Works, Audiovisual Works
9.    Exclusive rights in industrial property and copyright compared; adjusting economic rights; traditional structure of exclusive rights (reproduction; distribution; communication)
10.    Reproduction and Communication Rights under the WIPO Treaties; EU Copyright Directive 2001; rights in performances, sound recordings, broadcasts.
11.    Problems of transient copying and making available; in particular: protection against file sharing
12.    Limitations on Copyright I: Private Copying; Fair Use; Fair Dealing
13.    Limitations on Copyright II: Exhaustion; Libraries and Archives; Education; Press Freedom; impact of the "three step test".
14.    Limitations and Compensation: Status of copyright exceptions and levy systems; constitutional status; contracts and limitations
15.    Protection of Domain Names; Regulation of the Domain Name System; Universal Dispute Resolution Policy
16.    Trade Mark and Domain Name Conflicts; Domain Names and Passing Off
17.    Licensing Digital Intellectual Property Rights
18.    Code as Law - Digital Rights Management
19.    External Control of Intellectual Property: Competition Law and Market Allocation Problems
20.    Human Rights and Constitutional Problems
21.    Open Access; Open Source
22.    Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

Literature

  • Bently/Sherman, Intellectual Property, 4th ed., London 2008.
  •  Colston/Middleton; Modern Intellectual Property Law, 2nd ed., London2010.
  • Copinger & Skone James on Copyright, 2008.
  • Cornish/Llewelyn, Intellectual Property, 6th ed. London 2007
  • Dessemontet, 'Conflicts of Laws in Cyberspace' (2001) Journal of International Arbitration 487
  • Naumovski/Popovic , Introduction to Information Technology Law, 2011.  
  • Westkamp, THE "THREE-STEP TEST" AND COPYRIGHT LIMITATIONS IN EUROPE: EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT LAW BETWEEN APPROXIMATION AND NATIONAL DECISION MAKING, 56 J. Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. 1.