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It is not just software, it includes patents, inventions, names, images, designs, books, logos, speeches, quotes, lectures, plays, music, films, photos, etc.
Definition– "A creation of the intellect that has commercial value, including copyrighted property such as literary or artistic works, and ideational property, such as patents, appellations of origin, business methods, and industrial processes."
Patents pro & con:
Open Invention Network:
United States Patent web site:
"Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs."
Intellectual Property Laws:
"DEFINITION: Law pertaining to property that derives from the work of the mind or intellect, specifically, an idea, invention, trade secret, process, program, data, formula, patent, copyright, or trademark or application, right, or registration."
Explain the social, ethical, legal and economic impact of intellectual property laws and policies upon global communities, institutions and organizations.
Compare "all rights reserved — and the public domain — no rights reserved" (creativecommons.org) What is the difference?
WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization
About Creative Commons:
PLEASE NOTE: These links are starting points only and not the only sources you should discover. Make liberal use of search engines, books and other resources to find information for your projects.
All sections and groups:
Define some of the vocabulary of Privacy and Censorship issues.
Try to connect Intellectual Property issues to the significant historical discoveries of computer and network technologies, the connections between them and their past, current and future effects upon global communities, institutions and organizations. Tell why you believe Intellectual Property issues could be important to the evolution and progress of CNT.
Discover, describe, analyze and discuss some of the important world-wide social effects of Intellectual Property issues in the 21st Century upon individuals, communities, institutions and organizations.
In the field of Computer Science, it is especially important that we all understand and study the social effects, ethical uses and global impact of computer and network technology upon our lives and find out appropriate and humane ways of dealing with these effects.
Each person make a VERY SHORT and UNIQUE (no two postings the same) post on the weblog about the following. Write these definitions IN YOUR OWN WORDS, do not copy and paste a definition.
With these short writings you can tell us something significant about Intellectual Property issues. Try to include something you found interesting or important to Intellectual Property issues.
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