Intellectual property, or I P is defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization as creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs and symbols, names and images used in commerce.
A copyright provides the creator of an original work legal protections for the exclusive right to use, distribute, reproduce, lease or sell the intellectual property they created. While copyright laws vary by country, there are international standards that most adhere to, such as a copyright being in effect until death, plus 50 to 100 years.
D. R M, or digital rights management
protects the copyrights of digital material. It allows copyright holders to profit appropriately for their material, as well as limit efforts to make illegal copies of the material by controlling how the digital material is disseminated. For example, an E book or electronic copy of a book
has mechanisms and agreements in place to ensure it can only legally be read on specific e reader applications and devices.
Licensing is a contractual right to use agreement for copyrighted work, for specific length of time and within the stated limitations of the license agreement.
For example, a commercial software may have personal and enterprise software licensing models. A personal license permits a single individual to use the software and further stipulates whether that use is permitted on more than one device on by the individual and enterprise License serves larger groups organizations.
Enterprise licenses may provide a discount for bulk licences.
Open source software is where the software developer publicly publishes their software,
along with the source code. Licenses may be required, but typically the license is to require other developers who made changes to the original software to distribute their new edited version as open source as well. The goal behind open source is to encourage collaboration or reviews of the software code to help identify inefficiencies or heirs
free. Where is a softer that permits Use at no cost, however, may still have license agreements for how it's used.
For example, there might be restrictions. I'm using this software within a profit making venture. Most applications will include they're acceptable use details and an end user license agreement or ULA. This typically provides conditions as to how a user may use software. It is a legal agreement between the owner of the product and the end user
that you'll also limits the liability of the creator and Casey user. Does something unattended
or improper with the software clicking okay to agree to the terms and conditions when utilizing or installing an application? Is the end user agreeing to and bound to the use agreement?
Published material, digitally or physically, may be protected by the copyright and possibly subject to a license agreement for use. It's important to be mindful of this before making copies or edits to avoid copyright infringement or unintentional piracy.