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The current copyright system¶
- published content¶
Any result of an intellectual work that is intentionally published as text, picture, sound, movie, software source code or any other form of information storage.
The term intellectual property appeared first in the 19th century and became common in the majority of the world only in the late 20th century.
- intellectual property¶
Intangible creations of the human intellect that are legally recognized as a private property. (inspired by Wikipedia)
The term can encompass artistic works like literature, music, movies and more subtle things like designs, slogans, symbols as well as scientific works like discoveries, inventions, software, methodologies, industrial standards.
The term also encompasses trademarks and names, which I suggest to classify as identities.
Intellectual property. The genial idea to turn published knowledge into a tradeable resource. The most profitable resource in the world, because unlike material resources it is unlimited. Intellectual property is the aorta of every greedy giant in the digital era.