Intellectual Property

Sharing Memories:

In Mae’s speech, she says not sharing memories/experiences is stealing, but the memories of the individual are the intellectual property of the individual. It might not be fair to say not sharing is stealing, but sharing experiences does benefits the society. If everyone is sharing his or her experiences, it would help by improving the efficiency  of the society since experiences are building up and no one needs to start from scratch in doing something. Sharing personal memories and experiences also lets everyone getting closer to each other.

Information Collection and Aggregation:

During the movie there were two major forms of technology that worked to collect and aggregate user data. True You was used voluntarily by the populace as data aggregation platform for a wide variety of of personal accounts. This ultimately has no inference in Intellectual Property because the individuals seed consent for usage of information and the assumptions that can be made from it, to the Circle when signing up for the service.

However, the second form of technology was the SeeChange Cameras. These cameras could be and were placed everywhere to constantly collect and aggregate data, based on the areas they video tape. If we assume all of these cameras are placed so that they view public property, where there is no reasonable assumption of privacy then it is not a violation of the individual’s rights to have their pictures taken. Therefore, then any cameras placed properly would not violate the rights of an individual. While these images cannot be used for monetary gain without consent, the images are not being used for gain, but for public data collection. Therefore, the cameras do violate the intellectual property of the individuals being videotaped.


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