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Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

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Intellectual Property – Aspects of Sustainability(Resource ID: 7)

Intellectual property rights can be summarised by the "Copyright Law", the "Patent Law", the "Trademark Law" and (sometimes) the "Competition Law". The aim of the building block is to provide an overview, whilst raising awareness, of the topics and problems related to intellectual property and facilitating a sustainable social development.

The topic of intellectual property is a hot topic in recent years. Intellectual property rights can be summarised by the following laws:

  • Copyright law: the rights an artist has concerning his creation
  • Patent law: the rights an inventor has concerning his invention of new technologies and procedures
  • Trademark law: the rights of trademarks in words and pictures
  • and sometimes competition law

Influenced by the European Union, the measures of protection for intellectual property as well as the period of protection have been extended. On the other hand organisations like the "Piratenpartei" (a political party in Austria) are demanding the opposite: a decrease in, or rather, a total deregulation of intellectual property rights.

There are a lot of tensions on the topic of intellectual property because of the different interests of the creative/inventive persons and the music industry. On the one hand, there are those who are in favour of strict regulations and long term protections, and on the other hand, there are those who wish for uncomplicated and low cost use of somebody else’s intellectual property. A compromise has been difficult to reach in the past, due to these conflicting interests.

This building block of the Sustainicum project provides a critical examination of the protection of intellectual property, the diverse opinions existing on intellectual property rights, as well as visions for the future use of intellectual property in cyberspace. The artistic, as well as the technical development of a society, is dependent on the protection of intellectual property. Without it, a sustainable social development cannot take place.

This building block consists of 10 sets of opinions for each subject areas (pages 3 to 5); the students have to assess each opinion as follows

  • I agree
  • I do not know, does not matter
  • I do not agree

The leader of the workshop can do a statistical evaluation of the student’s answers using the evaluation document provided. Following this, potential responses to each opinion are provided, which can be used to form a discussion (pages 6 to 14). The final discussion document contains secondary opinions and opinions of the author (RA Dr. Rainer Beck MMag.art.) which should be compared to the results of the evaluation and discussed (page 15).

The aim of the building block is to provide an overview, whilst raising awareness, of the topics and problems related to intellectual property and facilitating a sustainable social development.

Learning Outcomes
Raising awareness of the topics and problems related to intellectual property.
Relevance for Sustainability
Discussions - future scenarios based on intellectual property.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
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Sources and Links

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Noll, Der Musik-Download im Lichte des Dreistufentests, MR 2004, 400

Philapitsch, Zum Erfordernis einer legalen Quelle für die Digitale Privatkopie, MR 2004, 111 

Schachter in Cucsko (Hrsg), urheber.recht (2007) Erl zu § 42 UrhG

Spreitzer-Kropiunik/Mosing, in Cucsko (Hrsg), urheber.recht (2007) Erl zu § 42 UrhG

Stomper, Internet-Tauschbörsen nach der UrhG-Novelle, RdW 2003, 368

Thiele/Laimer, Die Privatkopie nach der Urheberrechtsgesetznovelle 2003, ÖBl 2004, 17

Leopold /Vogler/Habl, Was macht ein erfolgreiches Referenzpreissystem aus? - Erfahrungen, SozSi 2008, 614

Krammer, Preissenkung nach Aufnahme des dritten Nachfolgeprodukts (Generikums) in Erstattungskodex Gibt es eine Bindungswirkung des Hauptverbands der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger an Empfehlungen der Heilmittel-Evaluierungs-Kommission?, RdM 2006/118 

Maksimovic-Delpos/Toberer, Generika: Wissenschaft oder Werbung - was wirkt wirklich?, SozSi 2012, 203

Reichardt/Weissenfels/Wolzt/Gouya, Eine reduzierte Rezeptgebühr für Generika - rechnet sich das?, SozSi 2007, 40




Braunböck/Grötschl, Produktpiraten auf der Spur, ÖBl 2007/23

Braunböck/Grötschl, Produktpiraterie – was ist zu tun?, ÖBl 2007/24

Braunböck/Schachter, P(r)oduktpiraterie neu – Der Kampf geht weiter!, ecolex 2004, 543

Donath, Neue Entwicklungen zur Frage der markenrechtlichen Beurteilung in Transit befindlicher Waren, ÖBl 2011/63

Spring, Neue Maßnahmen zur Bekämpfung der Produktpiraterie, RdW 2004/240





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Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenfächer" (2011/12)

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RA Dr. Rainer Beck, MMag.art.


Ricarda Rindlisbacher
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
KFUG - Karl-Franzens-University Graz


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