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Intelligence Property and Patenting

1. What is intellectual property? Give 5 examples of intellectual property.
2. What does the term "digital rights management" mean? Describe three different technologies that have been used or proposed for digital rights management.
3. Why are patents considered an unreliable way of protecting intellectual property rights in software?
4. Suppose company A wants to develop a program that duplicates the functionality of a program made by company B. Describe how company A may do this without violating the copyrights held by company B.
5. Suppose your band has recorded a song and posted it as an MP3 file on your Web site. How can you allow people to download your music for noncommercial purposes while retaining your copyright on the song?

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I will address each question in turn, to be sure I have responded to each question in this multi-part assignment.
Could you help me some questions please,
1. What is intellectual property? Give 5 examples of intellectual property.
Intellectual property refers to items that are created from your intellect: you thought them up. Intellectual property has a copyright, not a patent. Even though you thought up the item you have a patent for, patents are granted on THINGS, or objects, not on the thoughts that created them. As an example, a book you hold in your hands is a patent item - you can create a new kind of book (a Kindle). However, the story in the book is intellectual property, and is copyrighted. That is your first example of intellectual property - second is a painting or piece of jewelry you've made, third is a sculpture, or item of clothing you design. Fourth is a song or a poem. Fifth is a play, or a film you shoot or a photograph you take - or software you design.

2. What does the term "digital rights management" mean? Describe three different technologies that have been used or proposed for digital rights management.
Digital rights movement refers to copyrights ...

Solution Summary

Questions about copyright in the Information digital age. Patents versus copyright, how to allow non-commercial use of a work. Text references cited.

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