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IP & Copyright Terms

Intellectual Property and Copyright Definitions and Terms

Access Copyright For educators, a license obtain in advance for reproducing specific material (ex. excerpts from a textbook), and which allows for multiple reproductions of that material without having to obtain a specific license each time.
Intellectual Property Legal rights of ownership of the products (ideas, inventions, brands, etc.) resulting from proprietary intellectual activity.
Trade-Marks A word, phrase, symbol, mark or design element which identifies a person or organization in the marketplace. Corporate branding and logos, for instance.
Moral Rights Relating to IP and copyright, the civil / common law rights of creators to their copyrighted works, including rights to attribution as well as preserving the integrity of their works (which prevents alterations, etc.).
Plagiarism Presenting another's ideas, inventions, etc. as your own. Using another's ideas, inventions, etc. without providing attribution.
Patent A grant from the government to an individual or organization granting them exclusive rights for making, using and/or selling an invention. In Canada, patents are valid for 20 years from the date the patent application is filed.
Copyright Sole ownership of a piece of work, and sole right to copy or grant permission to others to copy that piece of work.
Royalty An amount of money paid to an intellectual property rights owner in exchange for granting the payer limits rights to a specific intellectual property product of payee.
Public Domain When intellectual property rights for a work no longer apply (ex. expiry, abandonment), that work moves into the public domain, accessible for public use. Perpetual copyright applies for most works, i.e. attribution when used/cited is still required.
Performing Rights The live public performance of a piece of work to which the performer does not own copyright. Right to perform is granted via payment from the performer to the copyright owner/holder.
Fair Dealing Circumstances in which acts that would otherwise constitute copyright infringement are allowed. Using a work for non-commercial, educational purposes, for instance.
Blanket License A fee-based license granted to a broadcaster (ex. radio, television) or performer allowing for a work (in whole or in part) to be performed or broadcast without restriction as to how often.
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