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Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law (6th edn)

Lionel Bently, Brad Sherman, Dev Gangjee, and Phillip Johnson
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date: 17 April 2024

p. 124544. Is the Information Capable of Being Protected?locked

p. 124544. Is the Information Capable of Being Protected?locked

  • L. Bently,
  • B. Sherman,
  • D. Gangjee
  •  and P. Johnson

Abstract

This chapter looks at the type of information that is capable of being protected by the action for breach of confidence. More specifically, it examines four limitations that are placed on the type of information that may be protected under the action: where the information is trivial, immoral, vague, or in the public domain. The chapter also considers the notion of ‘relative secrecy’ along with issues associated with encrypted information and the so-called `springboard’ doctrine.

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