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Cláudio LucenaCollective Rights and Digital ContentSpringerBriefs in Law10.1007/978-3-319-15910-2_1

1. Introduction

Cláudio Lucena 

Paraíba State University, Paraiba, Brazil



Cláudio Lucena

When developments of sociodigitization 1 reasonably stabilize and finally accommodate in our daily lives on a fairly uniform way throughout a growingly globalized world, it will most probably seem the Industrial Revolution had no more than the effect of a small bumper in the history of men. It is the deepest and fastest global, man-driven transformation of all times, with obvious impacts in all fields of human existence, from economy to behavior, from culture to politics, from artistic expression to science.

Technologies have been an important component driving human behavior throughout history. In past decades, particularly, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have played a very important role in this scenario. Two recent technological states can be pointed out to contextualize how this technical advances impact and shape different social configurations.

The first state can be identified as a moment when this set of tools, channels, and equipments is merely referred to as Information Technologies, which at their time were able to provide information flow in such a way as to start having significant impact in economic, political, and cultural activity. The social asset at this moment is the information itself.2

The second state is a moment when the new digital ecosystem starts to be referred to as being based on Information and Communication Technologies

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