Comic strip on intellectual property and its branches.
Court In Session: Intellectual Property Claims Are Reveiwed By: Timmy Gillen
What is Intellectual Property, and what else does it involve?
Sir, he has broken the IP laws by copyrighting a game and trademarking it as his own.
Intellectual Property is the prioritization of intellectual effort or talent. Three branches: copyrights, patents, and trademarks.
I didn't know this was a crime? I didn't even know about the laws?
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.
Also, all works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.
Penalties for copyright infringements: 1. Infringer pays the actual dollar amount of damages and profits. 2. The law provides a range from $200 to $150,000 for each work infringed. 3. The Court can issue an injunction to stop the infringing acts. 4. The Court can impound the illegal works. 5. The infringer can go to jail.
As the judge has stated, copyright protects original works of authorship. A patent, on the other hand, protects inventions or discoveries. It lasts 20 years from the filing date.
Will the Plaintiff please discuss Patents and what they are to the audience?!
Yes sir, I do. A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying a source of a specific distinguished organization.
Does the Defendant know what a trademark is?
I PRONOUNCE THE DEFENDANT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES TO PAY A FINE OF $250,000 AND SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.
The four factors judges consider are: 1. The purpose and character of your use 2. The nature of the copyrighted work 3. The amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and 4. The effect of the use upon the potential market.
Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances.