The negative impact of the Internet on intellectual property
Why is this topic important for the public?
Today, technology and the media offer a large number of digital tools. This, for those who have intellectual property, is a matter of concern, because their works are exposed to be exploited without receiving any benefit.
Internet refers to a series of computers connected among them, as to the technology that allows communication between them.
Some features that make plagiarism possible on the Internet network:
- Decentralized structure, ungovernable feature.
- Possibility of anonymity.
- Easy access.
- Advanced reproduction technology.
About its regulation and solutions:
The prevention of crimes such as plagiarism or piracy has a very important place in the legal area.
In Mexico, the federal copyright law and the Industrial Property Law consider several types of works and creations for this purpose through figures such as copyright, patents, models, designs, schemes, brands, geographical indications and industrial secrets.
So it is important to prevent and have adequate legal protection, in this way, even if our works are part of the Internet network, nobody can exploit them.
Thus, according to recent estimates made by major search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, in just eight years the Internet has multiplied by a factor of 1000, that is, the number of Web pages has increased from about 29 million in 1998 to about 25,000 billion in 2006. In February 2011, the number of indexed websites amounted to about 13,860 million.
The Internet has opened up huge possibilities for companies to communicate their brand messages. However, its global reach, its openness, its flexibility and the fact that it is not regulated in part has also helped to open ground for the improper use of brands, and all that entails.
The improper use of brands on the Internet encompasses, in its broadest sense, “classic” actions such as the sale of false products, in /or through this medium, and various practices such as search engine positioning, spam, phishing, and cyber-squatting. These activities constitute what many consider the dark side of the digital universe.
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