The idea behind intellectual property rights is that if you go to the trouble of creating something original, you should not only get credit for it, but also be able to make money from it.
If you write an original fiction or nonfiction story, for example, the work is an intellectual property for which you're automatically granted a copyright.
That copyright is one of four intellectual property rights — along with patents, trademarks and trade secrets — that are discussed in a new book titled Idea Rights: A Guide to Intellectual Property (Carolina Academic Press) by fellow writer Howard Anawalt, a Santa Clara University professor emeritus of law.
He recently sent word of the book's recent publication, along with a link to a YouTube video of a presentation Howard gave at Google. He starts by mentioning Johnny Depp and his famous portrayal of a pirate, so you know it's a juicy talk.
But seriously, intellectual property is a topic in which all of us writers should be well-versed.
That and his book is an example of the books produced Carolina Academic Press. If you think you've got the makings of a great nonfiction book concerning one of the 15 subjects posted on the press's website, now you've got a new market to explore.
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