The project was implemented within the framework of the HSE Basic research program.
1. Research object: is legal relations connected with access to knowledge and information in conditions of forming a knowledge society
2. Research purpose: is an analysis of the right of access to knowledge and information in conditions of forming a knowledge society
3. Empirical base of the research: In the research process, international law, Russian and foreign legal acts, legal practice and legal doctrine of the main legal systems in the sphere of copyright law and personal data protection were analyzed.
4. Research results: As a result of analysing a wide range of primary sources, we made some conclusions on the correlation between copyright law in Russia and foreign countries in the transitional period to a knowledge society. During this period, copyright law plays important role and has been strengthened because of the serious impact of information and communication technologies upon social relations. Modern copyright law in different legal systems demonstrates a tendancy to convergence under preserving national specifics. These trends ought to be be considered during the elaboration of the Russian copyright law model. Using copyright law objects with a transnational Internet additionally complicates resolving national norms. The principles of copyright law disputes on the Internet are under change. Protecting authors rights with reference to technical devices currently available needs supplementary legal regulation.
In the transitional period to a knowledge society, access to information is secured. Various sorts of information get different legal regimes. On basis of the analysis of personal data protection level in separate spheres, suggestions on further changes to legislation were made. Recommendations on further personal data protection legislation were elaborated.
5. Implementation of the research results: The results of the research may be implemented in law-making process, or in teaching legal courses, and also during the retraining of civil servants and municipal workers.
International partners: Interdisciplinary Centre of ICT and Law, Leuven University, Belgium