Intellectual property law : Copyright, patents, trade-marks
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Intellectual property suddenly is hot. Comedians joke about it. The mainstream press features it. We read of some rock star's "patented" lifestyle, of someone "copyrighting" an idea, of a hockey player's "trademark" slapshot, and of nations fighting trade wars over "piracy" of videotapes, compact disks, and computer soltware. Anyone with an idea talks of his or her "intellectual property" in it. Discussion groups on the Internet buzz about intellectual property — and its impending death. The preserve of a select group of specialist lawyers has suddenly shifted to the screens and the streets. Or so it seems. Like the old story about the blind men trying to tell the shape of an elephant by standing at different ends and touching different parts of it, what one sees and hears about intellectual property is often confusing and sometimes downright wrong.
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