Legal Aspects of Crowd-Sourcing
= research project of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
'The research project Legal Aspects of Crowd-Sourcing refers to normative structures for specific new practices that have been made possible by Internet communication. For many companies, crowd-sourcing offers attractive possibilities for gaining both knowledge and (human) resources free of charge. So far, issues in this field have gone largely unnoticed in the legal debate. There are plans for a workshop in which representatives of affected business will be questioned with a view to obtaining insights into specific legal problems that may arise with crowd-sourcing processes. The aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of how affected individuals solve their respective problems, to analyse the framework created by the applicable laws and, where possible, to come forward with regulatory ideas and concepts for overcoming existing obstacles. This project is related to the overarching research questions in the area of online participation."