Copyright, Trademark and Patents: A Guide for Journalists | Plagiarism Today

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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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