Intellectual property is recognized by our constitution in Article I, Section 8:
Congress is given the power "to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."
Writing is protected by a federal copyright statute. Inventions are protected under patent law.
"A copyright gives the owner the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or license his work. The owner also receives the exclusive right to produce or license derivatives of his or her work. Limited exceptions to this exclusivity exist for types of "fair use", such as book reviews. To be covered by copyright a work must be original and in a concrete "medium of expression." Under current law, works are covered whether or not a copyright notice is attached and whether or not the work is registered" (Legal Information Institute. (2001). Retrieved on November 26, 2001 at http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/copyright.html).
Great Copyright Links:
World Intellectual Property Organization: "The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. These works intellectual property are expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts. Through its work, WIPO plays an important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations" (WIPI. (2001). Retrieved on November 26, 2001 at http://www.wipo.org/about-wipo/en/).
Cybercrime.gov: A pretty cool and informative site about cybercrimes. Good information about intellectual property crimes.
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