Copyright, Trademark and Patents: A Guide for Journalists | Plagiarism Today
Journalists, it’s time to know the difference between trademark, copyright and patent law so we can avoid these basic mistakes in reporting.
Earlier this week, Cracked.com ran an article entitle 5 Everyday Things You Won’t Believe Are Copyrighted, which is a look into some of the more bizarre recent cases in intellectual property in Cracked’s traditional list format.
There was only one problem with the list: Nothing on the list is actually copyrighted.
Most of the discussions deal with trademark issues (though patent issues were also raised) and have absolutely nothing to do with copyright law.
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