April, 26th is an important date to celebrate! It’s all about intellectual property today.
Check if you understand its purpose right.
WHAT IS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?
Intellectual property (IP) refers to all the intangible forms of the human intellect, such as inventions, artistic works, symbols, designs, slogans, names and pictures used in commerce. The most important idea behind intellectual property law is to encourage the creation of intellectual goods. In order to make people more willing to do so, they receive rights to goods and information they create. Such rights are usually granted for a limited period but allow to benefit from the creations. The status of intellectual property works as a boost for creativity and stimulates innovation. The term started to be actively used no earlier than in the 19th century.
FOCUS ON COPYRIGHT
Copyright is a form of intellectual property. While the industrial property rights system was designed for the development of the industrial economy, the copyright law is supposed to empower the cultural evolution and protection of such works as writings, music, films and photographs.
It is the intellectual goods which usually suffer from problems of appropriation. It is so hard to protect them and we know it now too well. It does not take much time and effort to steal a photo. Oh yes, you surely had a chance to realise it while reviewing the emails with our findings. If it was not your case yet, you may be just unaware how many of your pictures might have already been stolen. World Intellectual Property Day might be a good moment to find out. You can register for free if you want us to examine your portfolio.
WHO PROTECTS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?
World Intellectual Property Organisation is the global forum for intellectual property services, information and cooperation. This self-funding agency of the United Nations with its 192 member states strives to make people more willing to benefit from the constant creation and development of the intellectual property. The key to success is reaching the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public. It may sound idealistic, but we need to aim high and fight against unlawful practices. Once we respect intellectual property, there should be more space for creativity and great photo projects.
PHOTOCLAIM GOES HAND IN HAND WITH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
The public recognition of copyrights and the great system of its protection tells a lot about a given country’s cultural development. Each individual action counts and leads to changes. At PhotoClaim, we work for the same purpose. Our actions go hand in hand with WIPO’s. There could not be a better day to join our forces since the entire world is celebrating World Intellectual Property Day (established by WIPO). Such a date was chosen because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization came into force almost 50 years ago, in 1970. Each year, the day gets its special theme, always related to boosting innovation and creativity.