Second keynote Speaker at The Transborder Library Forum 2007 held at Arizona State University.
Dennis S. Karjala, the Jack E. Brown Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, considers the basic notion of "intellectual property" and problems with its legal protection:
* Why too much protection is a bad idea * Why enforcement is sometimes difficult * Why the scope and duration of intellectual property rights are limited in comparison with rights in tangible property
He describes how copyright subject matter has traditionally been distinguished from patent subject matter and how our treatment of computer software has blurred the issue and undermined attempts to make sensible information policy decisions with respect to digital works.
Karjala then considers the enforcement problems for copyright-protected works that the internet has posed, such as P2P networks and the liability of internet service providers for infringements that occur on or through their systems. He also talks about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which potentially gives vastly expanded rights to copyright owners with little or no quid pro quo to content users. He considers the adequacy of the notion of "copying" as a measure of the protected property right, using the Google Library Project as an example. Finally, he outlines the Berne Convention and the WTO TRIPS agreement as the current source of international copyright law.