Who Owns Information?: From Privacy To Public Access

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ISBN-13: 978-0465091447
ISBN-10: 046509144X
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Branscomb questions society's ability to control the accessibility of information-both public and private-and shows how lawmakers continue to apply outdated regulations to more technologically advanced systems.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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What could be, to put it mildly, an extremely dry and confusing topic-the rights of persons both to access information and to maintain private ownership of it at the same time-has instead become the basis of an engrossing volume. Communications lawyer Branscomb focuses on several questions of information access, showing how personal rights conflict with those of society and what remedies should be available. She confronts problems that everyone can identify with in such areas as direct mail and telephone marketing, credit reports, and medical and personal records. The author then moves on to computer software and, in the most fascinating and thought-provoking chapter, religious information (who really owns the Dead Sea Scrolls? Can they be copyrighted?). Extremely well researched with an abundance of citations to statutes and major cases, yet immensely absorbing and written for lay readers, this is highly recommended for all collections.
Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (May 19, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046509144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465091447
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 7, 2000
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This is a unique book by a very respected scholar. It methodically goes, chapter by chapter, over who owns your name and address (the U.S. Postal Service does), your telephone number, your medical history, your image, your electronic messages, video entertainment, religious information, computer software, and government information. The answers are not always obvious. A real benchmark.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NoVAReader on February 14, 2004
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Information privacy is a dynamic field. This is a good introductory book to key concepts. It is also a nice guide to key legal decisions that have influenced current information privacy policy in the United States. The legal cases are presented in an approachable, narrative form -- not a lot of legal mumbo-jumbo. The only shortcoming of this book is that it was published in 1994. A lot has changed since then. Even so, I recommend it as a starting point for those just stepping into the realm of information privacy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nathaniel Singer on April 7, 2007
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You need to understand that information and knowledge are the key to overcoming or finding the most efficient way to solve a problem. Humanity's infrastructure has created a tremendous amount of infrastructure. It is critical, for the person who would be effective, to take a perspective of where the information may lie and how to best access it.

This book is not the most focused response to approaching this very fundamental problem - it is more a technical study for a subquestion in information science and policy. But it IS something that will begin to steer one in the right direction of developing a perspective of how to map knowledge in society - who owns it, where it is in society, and how to begin accessing it. The necessary skills are that this helps with is in developing a nascent understanding of the economics of information and knowledge sharing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Crumpton on November 24, 2013
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An older book with relevant questions for today: Who owns your:
1) Name and Address
2) Telephone #
3) Medical History
4) Image
5) Electronic Messages
6) Video Entertainment
7) Religious Information
8) Computer Software
9) Government Information
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