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Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Plagiarism

A brief guide for students and faculty on the differences and similarities of intellectual properties, including copyright, and their resposibilites when using intellecutal properties

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) is the original invention or concept defined in a tangible medium.  IP is separated into two types copyright and industrial property

  • Copyright covers original artistic and literary works of authorship.
  • Industrial property covers original inventions and branding including patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and designations of origin.



This page is intended only as a guide, Dunwoody librarians are not qualified to offer legal advice. 

It is important to remember that legal terminology and definitions change slightly across countries and the information found in this guide is based on the United States copyright law but links to international websites are included.


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