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Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property is the resulting creation that springs from one's intellect or mind to which one can claim ownership rights in said creation. Most jurisdictions provided for some type of legal or statutory regime in order to protect the author or inventor's interests in the intellectual property. Intellectual property rights (IPR) are said to be composed of a “bundle of rights” consisting of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, know-how, and copyright. This entry focuses on copyright law and related IPR.

The Origins of Copyright

Interest in protecting an author's literary property has grown exponentially ever since Gutenberg invented the moveable type printing press in 1440. Though guilds trace their origins back to 1357, the first recorded privilegii (privileges) appeared in Venice, Italy, in 1469, as an exclusive privilege ...

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