Copy and Paste and Paste and Paste? Not so Fast…

With the availability of easy information, and the access to so many ideas via the Internet, the awareness of copyright has never been more important. This past week, two events highlighted this: World Book and Copyright Day on April 23 and World Intellectual Property Day on April 26. Activities on both days highlight inventors, designers, and authors whose works have improved our cultural heritage.

In light of these events, today’s blog provides a way for us to encourage the promotion and protection of innovation. Whether you’re a producer or a consumer, knowing the basics will help you navigate the rapids of information.

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Here are some resources to get you started:

BOOKS:

Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership by Lewis Hyde

The Complete Patent Kit by James L. Rogers

Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law by Jason Mazzone

The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know by Stephen Fishman

Copyright’s Paradox by Neil Netanel

The Cyber Citizen’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Internet Law for Your Professional Online Presence by Joy R. Butler

Darknet: Hollywood’s War Against the Digital Generation by J. D. Lasica

Getting Permission: How to License and Clear Copyrighted Materials, Online and Off by Richard Stim

Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization by Pat Choate

How to Fix Copyright by William F. Patry

The Illustrated Story of Copyright by Edward B. Samuels

Inventor’s Patent, Protect, Produce and Profit from Your Ideas and Inventions Yourself! by Victor N. Vic-Vincent

The Little Book of Plagiarism by Richard A. Posner

The Mom Inventor’s Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing by Tamara Monosoff

Patent, Copyright, and Trademark by Richard Stim

Patent Pending in 24 Hours

Patent Searching Made Easy: How to Do Patent Searches on the Internet and in the Library by David Hitchcock

The Patent Writer: How to Write Successful Patent Applications by Bob DeMatteis

Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks for Dummies by Henri Charmasson

The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason

Profit from Your Idea: How to Make Smart Licensing Deals by Richard Stim

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig

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SITES:

Copyright Kids

HowStuffWorks: How Patents Work

Legal Information Institute: Patent

Library of Congress: Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright

NOLO: Patent, Copyright, & Trademark

U.S. Copyright Office

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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