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Intellectual property includes literary or artistic works, inventions, business methods, industrial processes, logos, and product designs. Nearly every activity engaged in by students, staff, and faculty in colleges and universities involves the production or use of intellectual property. Among the activities involving intellectual property are research projects, books, journal articles, musical compositions, lesson plans, student assignments, speeches and lectures, videos, university Web sites, newspapers, reports, concerts, and plays. Most items used in education are legally protected intellectual property, often owned by someone other than the user. All members of university communities are permitted to use protected intellectual property, but they must engage in “fair use” or get advanced permission of the owners. Accordingly, faculty, staff, and students must be careful not to use intellectual property ...

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