Copyright, Licences, Public Domain

49 What is the difference between intellectual property and copyright?

Copyright is one type of intellectual property and in Canada (copyright laws vary by country) specifically covers “all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works provided the conditions set out in the Copyright Act have been met.”

Intellectual property (IP) refers to “creations of the mind” such as copyrighted works, patents, trademarks, industrial design, and geographical indication.

Creative Commons (CC) licences “do not license rights other than copyright and similar rights…For example, they do not license trademark or patent rights…” The other name for a CC licence is open-copyright licence.

For more information, see Copyright and Open Licences in the Self-Publishing Guide.

 

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