Copyright and intellectual property on the web

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Intellectual property (or "IP") is a category of property that includes intangible creations of the human intellect, and primarily encompasses copyrights, patents, and trademarks. It also includes other types of rights, such as trade secrets, publicity rights, moral rights, and rights against unfair competition. [2]

Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. This is usually only for a limited time. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptionsanomalous or exceptional conditions requiring special processing – often changing the normal flow of program execution to copyright law, including fair use. A major limitation on copyright is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the underlying ideas themselves.[3]

What to manage?

How do we manage intellectual property and copyright in the contextThe circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed. of the internet and the world-wide-web?

Creative commons

Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. They unlock the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.[4]

Plagiarism prevention

Services have been invented to manage intellectual property and help prevent plagiarism from students. The excellent infographic below describes different categories of plagiarism.[5]Spectrum report.jpg

Do you understand this?

From the IB: Students should investigateObserve, study, or make a detailed and systematic examination, in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. sites such as TurnItIn and Creative Commons.


These standards are used from the IB Computer Science Subject Guide[6]

  • DiscussOffer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence. the management of issues such as copyright and intellectual property on the web.