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Chapter 21. Legal Issues > Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Many legal issues relating to the Internet deal with measures of protection for ideas and information a person or company may release into cyberspace. Traditionally, the appropriate protections for intellectual property were copyright, trademark, and patent. While these mechanisms are applicable to Internet commerce, some new protections have emerged with the growth of the Internet.

Copyright laws protect original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression. While notice is not required for copyright to exist (as copyright subsists automatically the moment a work is created and fixed in a tangible medium) notice is required for one to bring an action for copyright infringement. Notice typically includes the symbol of a circled ©, the name of the author, and the date.


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