Intellectual Property Rights in Social Media
This session will explore how the rapid growth of social media is challenging traditional conceptions of intellectual property (IP) and the ability of companies to protect their IP and control its use in this relatively new frontier. Some of the issues addressed will be:
- What kinds of IP are created and used in social media (e.g. usernames, content and “followers” or “friends”)?
- Who owns rights in that IP?
- Are traditional IP laws adequately flexible to deal with issues arising from social media?
John Simpson is an intellectual property lawyer and the Principal of Shift Law. John is on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review.