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Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets


This section is intended to provide a basic understanding of the differences between copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, with the intention of making students aware both of their opportunities to protect their own intellectual property as well as understanding their reponsibilities towards the intellectual property of others.


Class Notes

The class will include the showing of two short videos by the Software Publishers Association.

Examination Questions




The Copyright Website provides an excellent tutorial on copyrights that is well worth visiting.
The Virginia Tech guidelines for the use of copyrighted materials in classes is useful.
Academicians generally make liberal use of "Fair Use Guidelines" which permit limited copying for classroom usage and provide some limits on the time span for the use of copies. There is a recent court precedant called the "LaMacchia Exemption" which appears to permit copying for non-profit usage. It may well be expected that this will be overturned by legislative action soon.


Last updated 2002/04/29
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