The project responds to the need for knowledge exchange, stakeholder mobilisation and mutual learning in the area of legal and ethical aspects of the use of the Internet as a dissemination channel for IPR. 

The current EU IPR protection regime includes, besides government regulation, private regulation, co-regulation, public-private partnership (PPP) and systems of social norms, such as ethics, in the area of intellectual property creation, dissemination and protection. In this context, the project will explore: the recent trends in IPR protection in general and the new business models based on IPR exploitation on the Internet in particular; issues related to the interaction between the proprietary approach and open innovation; online dissemination of IPR; licencing (including open source licencing); and the risks associated with IPR transborder use. 

Within this framework, the following will be taken into account: existing reviews of national legislation of representative EU Member States; EU legal instruments and policy papers; self-regulation and standardisation documents; and documents about best practices and academic literature from all over Europe and beyond. Contemporary approaches to open source licencing, as well as related efforts by national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations deserve particular attention.

The main findings and recommendations from this task are to be used as input for the Road Map, to be presented to European community, main stakeholders and relevant interest groups.