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Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last.” ― Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

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The simple way to explain intellectual property is to understand that all great expressions and products have an origin. A work of music, art, writing, film, or computer software belongs to its creators. Your creative expressions and inventions have a lot of value and must be protected however; your ideas are not considered intellectual property. Anyone who tries to copy or "borrow" your work without permission is profiting from your hard work – your intellectual property – without any credit to you.

Intellectual property is divided into two groupings: Industrial property (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source) and Copyright (literary and artistic works) / Rights related to copyright (performing artists, producers, and... (more)


 
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