Intellectual Property: Everything the Digital-Age Librarian Needs to Know

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The new information landscape is raising more questions than ever about intellectual property. The advent of Google, YouTube, iPods, and URLs has led to a plethora of court cases involving copyrights, trademarks, and patents.

Against this rapidly changing background, copyright expert Timothy Wherry takes a grounded look at intellectual property issues and provides the perspective and tools library patrons and staff need.

Written in an easy-to-read style, Wherry's step-by-step guidance will help you

· Distinguish among the three types of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, and trademarks
· See how technology has increasingly bumped up against intellectual property law
· Answer frequently asked questions about patents and trademarks
· Determine how copyright relates to different media (e.g., podcasts)
· Conduct patent and trademark searches

Packed with examples, trivia, and accounts of real-life court cases that bring alive the issues in intellectual property, Intellectual Property: Everything the Digital-Age Librarian Needs to Know protects you from overstepping the bounds of legal use in a fast-changing digital environment.

Timothy Wherry

Timothy Wherry is the library director at Penn State Altoona College's Eiche Library. Prior to working at Penn State, he worked as a special librarian, public librarian and academic librarian, focusing on engineering, scientific, business, and intellectual property information to library users. He also serves as a resource to local businesses and inventors. His research interests are in intellectual property and the challenges of applying intellectual property protection in the digital age. His work in these areas has led to a number of published articles and books on intellectual property, including the bestselling The Librarians's Guide to Intellectual Property in the Digital Age (ALA Editions, 2002).

"A useful addition for public, academic, and special libraries that will help patrons with patent and trademark queries."