Information ownership laws
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 12:45:15 +1100 (EST)
>Can someone provide me with infomation on or contacts with information on
>current Australian laws on information ownership.
I suggest that the question should be re-phrased, to avoid presuming that
there is any such thing as 'information ownership'.
Property law relates to real estate and to chattels (physical goods). The
relatively recent cluster of things that are generally referred to as
intellectual property law, seldom if ever create ownership per se in
information; they create rights *in respect of* incorporeal goods and
Specifically, the recent case in which a patient was denied access to her
medical records involved the courts being unable to separate the idea of
information from the physical thing on which it was recorded (which no-one
ever doubted that the doctor concerned owns).
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
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