When using Cloud Computing and IP, there are various risks encountered by the company employing these methods. Simply speaking, these risks are revolving around security, distributed computing, user interface, and content watermark. These are fully explained by patentinsurance. The legal aspects of the risks however are fully explained by Aspatore which mentions the risks, and means to overcome them too. A featured article from CIO, as of 2012, also talks about the various risk factors involved due to one being careless and talks about the need, and means of overcoming them. Jason James in his blog highlights five of these risks in detail explaining what they mean. An Romanian writer talks about the intellectual issues in his paper Cloud Computing Services: Benefits, Risks, and Intellectual property Issues. Lastly, Business Daily News mentions 8 of these reasons for their readers in an article published in 2013.
“The use of cloud computing seems to be growing. Companies must be much more sensitive to their intellectual property (IP) assets in those situations, in particular where the assets are being held and what is being done with them."
Information wants to be free but people want to be paid for the knowledge they possess and products that they create. As we have seen the old copyright models favored the middlemen. Over the years alternative models of compensation such as levies and value added charges have emerged as ways to compensate those wishing to be paid. Are these schemes feasible? What are the barriers to their adoption?
There have been changes in the copyright laws in the US over the years as demonstrated here. This covers changes up til 2000 explaining changes in the duration of the copyright term present. A further update, as of 2007, can be found in the US official website here under the "Ensuring Artists Fair Right Act." To understand completely how the copyright methods work, and analyse them with respect to the alternatives present, I found a case study of a real life example. Helsinki University of Technology talks about the copyright mechanisms, their functioning, areas of improvement, and possible alternatives. Another such study can be found here. If looking for copyrights from an industrial perspective, I found a blog which briefly explains it written by Satohi Yoshida. Perhaps this would be relevant too. With reference to copyright barriers, a timeline of the barriers which have been present over the years, and methods as to how they have been overcome can be found here. A survey was carried out on consumers perspectives on copyright barriers. The survey, and results can be found here.