[co-author: Robert Baker]
Cloud computing has increasingly become a dominant model for computer and information technology service, with the majority of businesses worldwide using computing resources and storing data “in the cloud.” However, despite the ease of use and convenience of cloud computing, moving data and services into the cloud raises several legal issues for both cloud computing providers and users. This article highlights some of the issues and questions related to intellectual property (IP) rights raised by cloud computing.
What is cloud computing?
Generally, “cloud computing" is the remote delivery of computing services and resources to a client. Data is stored and/or processed remotely from the client, on infrastructure that is generally called the “cloud.” The client can access this infrastructure remotely, usually...