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Demise of the Print Media

Steve Ballmer of Microsoft looks into his crystall ball and states that in about 10 years or so there will be no print media and everything will be in digital format. Here is what he says in an article in the Washington Post.

In the next 10 years, the whole world of media, communications and advertising are going to be turned upside down — my opinion.

Here are the premises I have. Number one, there will be no media consumption left in 10 years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no magazines that are delivered in paper form. Everything gets delivered in an electronic form.

New media with all this digitization has created numerous copyright issues and one is confronted with them on a daily basis. If there is only going to be an online media which could be accessed by everyone around the world then, does it not make sense to have uniform Intellectual property laws that would be applicable to the whole world? The concept of jurisdiction or forum would become less meaningful and then a set of courts adhering to the same IP laws will have to established around the world. In this age of IP infringement and the muddled state of the law in this area, this would make sense even if it sounds like a fantasy now.

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June 16, 2008 - Posted by | Copyright, cyberlaw

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