- Angie Raymond
- Bloomington, IN
- United States
Indiana University Business Law and Ethics
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Do intellectual property protections run afoul with collaborative consumption?
Collaborative consumption is being heralded as the new consumer based platform that pushes the industry into new areas of cooperation and sharing, instead of consumption and ownership. But these ideas seem to run afoul of the well ingrained ideas of intellectual property and ownership. The time has come to reform intellectual property laws so that they reflect the current reality of a creative, online based culture. Reform can and should only be done if the current perspectives on the online community can be accommodated. These reforms will demand a new approach to the protection of intellectual property rights, with a refocusing on protections that protect and encourage the creative process via a collaborative approach to creation. Instead of an ownership based regime which restricts use based on ownership rights.