Intellectual property refers to any intellectual creation, such as literary works (books, stories, poem, plays), artistic works (paintings, sculptures, drawings), inventions, designs, symbols, names, images, computer code, and more.
Intellectual property law exists in order to protect the creators of such works and covers areas of copyright, trademark law, and patents.
For more information about these and other intellectual property and copyright concerns,
- Our Copyright and Intellectual Property Toolkit offers guidance on answering questions about copyright, fair use, and public domain works.
- Check out our frequently asked question (FAQs) pages, which can help you understand the basics of copyright, how to use copyrighted works for educational purposes, and how to deal with copyrighted works you find (or share) on the Internet.
- Visit our Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Resources page for an ever-growing list of websites and other resources that can help you with your intellectual property needs.
- See the scholarly communication glossary for details about and definitions of words and terms you hear when people are talking about copyright, publishing, scholarship, and research.
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