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WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?

V. Ryan 2007 - 2010

 

COMPETITION
The World Association of Technology Teachers supports the following competition:

The Intellectual Property Office with the help of Wallace and Gromit.

'Cracking Ideas Competition'.
 

 
 
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EXAMPLE ONE: An artist who spends many hours, days and months creating a unique painting expects his her work not to be copied and sold by anyone who has not asked for permission. The artist shown below is painting his favourite car rather like the artist of old painted famous race horses and mansions. The artist expects to sell his painting for a rather large amount of money because he is famous and fellow artists regard his work as a masterpiece.

One way of proving ownership of your own work is to seal it in an envelop and send it through the post to your own address. As normal, the date of postage will be stamped on the envelop. This is proof of ownership as long as the envelop is not opened.

 
 
 

EXAMPLE TWO: A website designer spends months developing an educational website. The site includes impressive animations, graphics and lots of information for people to use. However, a copyright statement says that the work can be printed out and used BUT it must not be altered in anyway.

Copyright infringement is the legal term used when someone or a company breaks the law by using the work belonging to someone else, without permission.

   
Use the internet to research the term ‘copyright’. In the space below explain what it means.
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Use the internet to research the term ‘copyright infringement’. In the space below write about a real life case of copyright infringement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
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