Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Survey Reveals Generation Gap in Employee Attitudes Toward Confidential Information

A recent Harris Interactive survey of 2,625 adult Americans reveals some interesting attitudes towards employer confidential information, including significant variations depending on an employee’s age:

- 68% of 18-34 year olds responded that it is acceptable to remove confidential information from their place of employment. This contrasts with just half (50%) of those 55 years old or older believing such behavior is acceptable.

- 86% of those 55 years old and over believe someone should be fired for taking confidential information, while 74% of those younger than 55 years old think the same.

- 40% of adults believe it… More

“Fair Use” of Copyrighted Works Contributed $4.7 Trillion to U.S. Economy in 2007, Reports CCIA

This week, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released the report Fair Use in the U.S. Economy (.pdf) concluding that industries that rely on the “fair use” exception in copyright law contributed $4.7 trillion or 16% of the  U.S. gross domestic product in 2007, growing faster than the other sectors of the U.S. economy.  The report credits the fair use of copyrighted works for the success of search engines, software developers and a number of other “new economy” industries.

The Fair Use Doctrine… More