Hello, friends! My name is Charlotte. Today, I will be teaching you about the importance of keeping your hands to yourself on the internet.
You see, a lot of the things you find online are somebody else's intellectual property. That means that somebody else created it. Someone's IP can be an idea, a piece of art, and so on.
A copyright protects IPs, whether they're published or unpublished. Copyrights are grounded in the US Constitution, so it's important to know about them! Copyrights usually last for 70 years after the creator's death. This is called a term. If you take someone's IP anyways, this is called copyright infringement, and you may have to pay money to remedy it!
There's also something called a patent, which the government can give to an inventor, so nobody else can make or sell their invention. These can last for 20 years!
All of these terms may sound scary, but this is where Fair Use comes in! Fair Use allows the use of copyrighted works under certain circumstances, such as for criticism, parody, comment, news reporting, teaching, and research.
A trademark is a symbol or words legally registered to be used for a company or product.