Could Cloud computing change the very face of intellectual property as we know it? Perhaps a new dawn is approaching – a time and age in which giant tech companies can no longer cry ‘foul’ at the drop of a dime.
Imagine a wide range of diverse software, working together across thousands of different servers from all over the world. Does it sound like science-fiction? It’s actually a closer depiction to the current state of Cloud computing.
Technology experts are predicting that, at its current rate, the Cloud could dilute the integrity of intellectual property rights; it’s something entirely within their nature. Their wireless connectivity allows software to be compressed and rearranged, making it possible to incorporate from several categories of industry at one time.
Everyday technology is already showing the influences of this ‘borrowed’ technology. The cars we buy often come preloaded with touch screens, streaming video and Wi-Fi connectivity. Whereas automakers typically consider factors like internal systems like brakes and driving systems, present day they also consider who wields what technology in relation to a variety of different products.
The evolution of intellectual property is perhaps most prevalent within the smartphone industry. The sheer volume of sold phones, totaling in the hundreds of millions, lends itself to a lot of cross-licensing – but that’s no easy feat.
Experts believe there are many important considerations we have yet to make as industries find newer ways to make connections. When industries add the element of wireless and globalization, it makes for a rather complex case – one that typically strains the notion of intellectual property rights.
So what can we attribute the perpetual headlines regarding intellectual property infringement? Perhaps it’s our old laws adjusting to new principles of technology. There will seemingly be no shortage of legal cases until intellectual property laws learn to adapt to crossover from Cloud computing.
Original story reported by NY Times.