Timothy Lee Wherry is the Director of the Robert E. Eiche Library at Pennsylvania State University in Altoona. Former Director of Learning Resources and Assistant Dean of Information Services, his research has focused on intellectual property and more recently on applying intellectual property rules to the Internet. He is the author of Patent Searching for Librarians and Inventors as well as numerous articles on intellectual property and distance learning. In 1994, he received the Penn State Altoona Grace D. Long Faculty Excellence Award. Wherry earned his master's degree in library science at the University of Denver and is currently a doctoral candidate in education at Penn State.
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Napster, CONFU, and the DMCA . . .
No, these are not foreign languages but cases, guidelines, and laws that as an information specialist you need to know about. The lessons learned from the Napster case, for example, can help you to put the fine print on intellectual property law into context. This new book by intellectual property expert Timothy Wherry is an authoritative, quick reference for the thorny issues of copyright, trademarks, and patents. With detailed explanations of the various types of intellectual property, how they differ, what they cover, and how the protections affect library work and services to customers, this is a book you will turn to every day for answers.
Helping you distinguish between copyright, trademark, and patent rights, understand the rights of intellectual property holders versus the responsibilities of researchers and librarians, and learn the new media protections, Wherry also:
- Shows you how to figure out if a specific name, symbol, or process is protected
- Outlines the rights of intellectual property owners
- Answers the questions librarians are most commonly asked about copyright, patents, and trademarks
- Clarifies what "fair use" means in practice
Packed with useful resources, including lists of patent and trademark depositories, useful Websites, and an entire chapter in Q & A form, The Librarian's Guide to Intellectual Property in the Digital Age protects you from overstepping the bounds of legal use in a fast-changing, digital environment.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Intellectual Property: Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks
Chapter 2: Copyright
Chapter 3: Fair Use
Chapter 4: Napster, CONFU, and the DMCA
Chapter 5: Intellectual Property and the Courts
Chapter 6: Patents
Chapter 7: Misconceptions about Patents
Chapter 8: Patent Searching: Locating the Field of Search
Chapter 9: Patent Searching: Determining the Prior Act
Chapter 10: Trademarks
Chapter 11: Questions and Answers about Intellectual Property
A Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries Program
B Intellectual Properties Websites
"An understandable, entertaining discussion of copyright, trademarks, and patents geared toward librarians' changing responsibilities. The text is supplemented by useful illustrations, charts, screen shots, and URLs."
"Librarians struggling with the intricacies in ownership of copyrights, patents, and trademarks will be thrilled with this clear explanation of the differences in these three types of property and how to apply the laws and guidelines surrounding them."
"...makes interesting reading"
—The Electronic Library
"Librarians struggling with the intricacies in ownership of copyrights, patents, and trademarks will be thrilled with this clear explanation of the differences in these three types of property and how to apply the laws and guidelines surrounding them. Wherry uses practical scenarios and case law to show situations that continue to plague the property owner as well as the librarians who endeavor to balance support for the owners while aiding their patrons seeking fair use."
"...index is extremely thorough...provides a good introductory overview for just a few solid hours of pleasant reading."
—Library Resources & Technical Services
"Though called a librarian's guide, this book will be useful to anyone who wishes to understand the basics about copyrights, patents, and trademarks."
—Reference & Research Book News
"This title will help you to distinguish between copyright, trademark, and patent rights; to understand the rights of intellectual property holders vs. the responsibilities of researchers and librarians; and to learn the new media protections."
—Computers in Libraries