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Identifying and Tracking Copyright Source: An Automated Process for Handling Copyrighted Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113524D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ackerman, SS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a trackable, repeatable, and controlled process for handling copyrighted source in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated by the copyright holder regardless of the way the information is packaged. This process ensures that copyrighted information is handled without violating any owner's rights and without unnecessarily restricting the use of the information. It allows for the assessment of usage and royalties as well as the ability to identify derivative works based on the information.

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Identifying and Tracking Copyright Source:  An Automated Process
for Handling Copyrighted Information

      Disclosed is a trackable, repeatable, and controlled process
for handling copyrighted source in accordance with the terms and
conditions stipulated by the copyright holder regardless of the way
the information is packaged.  This process ensures that copyrighted
information is handled without violating any owner's rights and
without unnecessarily restricting the use of the information.  It
allows for the assessment of usage and royalties as well as the
ability to identify derivative works based on the information.

      The process provides for citing the copyrighted information
where it occurs, similar to the way source is identified in scholarly
references.  The citation tool identifies the source and correlates
it with the appropriate copyrights and the terms and conditions under
which permission is granted to use the specified information.

      The unit at which the copyrighted source is to be identified is
the computer file.  A text-processing component that appears in the
source file but is not published in either softcopy or hardcopy
serves as the identifier of the copyrighted source in the same way as
a footnote or an end note cites borrowed material in scholarly
journals.

      The copyright component, hereafter called symbol, is part of a
catalogue of symbols, one for each distinct copyright.  It has the
following attributes:
  o  It is unique for each copyright.
  o  It can be applied as a low-level text-processing component; for
     example, an indexing tag or a paragraph tag.
  o  It is associated with printable text that can serve optionally
as
     an appropriately worded acknowledgment when needed.
  o  It is associated with text that can serve optionally as a
     bibliographic citation when appropriate.
  o  It generates a beginning and end area for the affected
     information (see the Interleaf* indexing component that is used
     to generate IBM** SMIT help messages).
  o  It contains an identifier that links it to the contract, terms,
     and conditions under which permission to use the copyrighted
     material is granted; for example, royalties may be required for
     derivative works.

Each file must contain at least one copyright symbol, that for the
company's original work.

      An automated tool...