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This research theme approaches tourism safety through intellectual property rights (IPR). With the development of information and communication technology, tourism services, products, and operating methods have become global. Has the tourism sector paid enough attention to protecting intellectual property?

IPR – What is it?

  • intangible rights
  • immaterial rights
  • industrial rights and copyrights

New intellectual property that functions as a competitive edge is created in the tourism sector. Taking intellectual property into consideration in tourism business must be taken seriously. To maintain competitiveness, intellectual property must be protected against plagiarism. The Copyright and Trademark Acts are also effective on the Internet.

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Lapland University Consortium publications:
Iivari, P. 2012.* Tourism safety and security. Global changes - local impacts (in Finnish).
Publication D no 8. Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences.

Turunen, A. - Lamminpää, S. 2011. Creative fields and IPR in Lapland 2011. Study of preparedness regarding intellectual property among Lapland’s companies in creative fields (in Finnish). University of Lapland legal
publications. Series C 58. Rovaniemi: University of Lapland / Faculty of Law / Institute of Commercial Law (ICLU). University of Lapland press.

Virtanen, P. 2012. ‘Tourism and safety’ (in Finnish). In Matkailuoikeus (M. Lohiniva-Kerkelä (ed.)), 93–122. Rovaniemi: University of Lapland publication.

Other publications:
Sorvasi, K. 2005. Liability for breach of copyright. Especially in an information network environment (in Finnish). Helsinki: WSOY.

Official reports:
Piironen, J. 2013.
Safety research: Legislation that regulates safety research and its relationship to international agreement regulations and EU law (in Finnish). Finnish Transport Agency studies and reports 7/2013: Helsinki

National and international research books and articles:
Barth, Stephen (2012). Hospitality Law: Managing Legal Issues in the Hospitality Industry. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. See
List of publications.

Additional information:
Pekka Iivari, Multidimensional Tourism Institute, pekka.iivari@lapinamk.fi, tel. +358 400 425 784