Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright


Intellectual Property Rights

What is Intellectual Property? According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the concept of intellectual property refers to “creations of the mind.” Intellectual property gets legal protection from the federal government, and from international organizations and treaties. Scholars and researchers use references to acknowledge their information sources as a form of intellectual property.

Intellectual property is owned by its creator or a person or entity that has acquired the rights to it.
Here are some forms of legal protection for intellectual property:

Copyright safeguards textual, pictorial, and other creative works
Patents protects processes and products that offer new technical solutions
Trademarks ensure the connection of goods and services with a specific creator
Geographical indications confirm a product’s origin in a specific location
Industrial designs may be registered for protection

Additionally, intellectual property also refers to music, lyrics, videos, and images including photographs.

Denmark Technical College has adopted an Intellectual Property Rights Policy.


What is Copyright? Copyright is a form of legal protection for authors of original works, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual products.

Section 106 of the Copyright Act (90 Stat 2541) generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

•Reproduce copies of the work.
•Prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work.
•Distribute copies of the work by sale, rental, lease, or lending.
•Publicly perform the work (if it is a literary, musical, dramatic, or choreographic work or a pantomime, motion picture or audiovisual work).
•Publicly display the work (if it is a literary, musical, dramatic, or choreographic, sculptural, graphic or pictorial work—including the individual images of a film – or a pantomime).

The copyright owner retains these rights when the work itself belongs to someone else.

Denmark Technical College has adopted a Copyright policy:

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Photocopy Machines

Every photocopy machine on campus should visibly display the following communication on each copier:
Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.

Denmark Technical College has adopted an Intellectual Property Rights Policy and a Copyright Policy.

For more information about intellectual property and/or copyright, contact:

Carolyn Fortson, Library Dean

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