Digital Rights Challenges in a World of Technological Convergence

  • John N. Gathegi
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 96)


The convergence of communication, caused in part by the convergence of media and digital content, is a continuing phenomenon. Many intellectual property challenges loom in this environment. This paper focuses on the situation in the Unites States. The peculiar features inherent in digital content that exacerbate the intellectual property problem, such as non-permanent, multiple, and heterogeneous media are discussed. A few US cases that illustrate some of the problems in this area are also examined. The paper concludes by looking at the multiple goals of digital content collections and the problem of intellectual property.


Digital rights intellectual property digital content 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John N. Gathegi
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  1. 1.School of Library and Information ScienceUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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