5 paragraphs on Copyright & Piracy
1. What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property is something that belongs to the user which has been created by them using their mind.
2. What is Copyright?
Copyright is a law which protects these intellectual properties that you do not have to register for and it protects against other people copying what you have created for a certain amount of time (different in various countries but covers around 2 generations worth of years).
3. Why is this an issue?
People like to use other people’s ideas to make money which is an issue as it means that the original creator doesn’t make money from it themselves. This is mostly done by people pirating movies and video games and selling them at a cheaper price for their own gain.
4. Protection methods
Copyright isn’t the best protection method however there are a few others. For example the watermark on artwork to stop commercial companies using their pictures, and DVDs with built in protection.
5. Penalties
When people take your intellectual property the penalties can range but the most common is a 6 month prison sentence and/or a £5,000 fine.
The Intellectual Property Office
IPO is a government company responsible for intellectual property as well as managing patents, trademarks, designs and copyright.