Imagine having idea for a business and just beginning to start out, working hard, going to events and fairs, creating an online presence by marketing on social media. Just beginning to move product out and there is a buzz surrounding your product you worked really hard to create.
One day you wake up and find a big company has copied your innovative idea, while being first to market is a benefit. But if you don’t play your cards right it may result in many copy-cat companies. It is important to know your rights to intellectual property, and what routes to go about in protecting such as patents and copyrights.
This link is to an interesting blog post about 5 famous copyright infringement cases, and the lessons learned from them:https://99designs.ca/blog/tips/5-famous-copyright-infringement-cases/
What is copyright and intellectual property?
Before delving into a discussion about social media in copyright and intellectual property in 2025, it is important to note there is a difference between copyright vs intellectual property. Think of intellectual property as an umbrella that over sees various divisions of human creativity and the rights that pertain to this. There are a several legal regimes that fall under intellectual property laws, these include:
“copyright, trademark, and patent law fall under the umbrella of intellectual property, mostly decided under federal law. As a general premise, I usually add licensing law and trade secret law under the intellectual property umbrella. Licenses and trade secrets are decided under state law.” (“The Difference Between Copyright & Intellectual Property”, 2010)
This link goes on to explain the difference between copyright & intellectual property with an interesting anecdote about a copyright lawyer:https://corecopyright.org/2009/12/03/copyright_ip/
By: Christina Bulic, 2016
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The Difference Between Copyright & Intellectual Property. (2010). Retrieved from