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Technical Writing Notes #4

Technical Writing Notes #4

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Technical writing notes from English 131
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Published by: gbland on Mar 17, 2009
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2-27-09Intellectual Property
Designs for products appearance
Literature, art, and music
 Trademarks from brand identity
Inventions
 Trade secrets
Performer’s rights
Conditional access technology
New plant varieties
EtcHow do I get a copyright?
A copyright exists from the moment the work is created in afixed, tangible form of expression
Although registering a copyright is not necessary to securingone, it is a legal formality to create a public record
Copyrights give the creator full rights and financial benefits toreproduction, performance, distribution, and display of the workCopyright Act of 1790
Created to encourage scientists, authors, and artists to createoriginal works
Provided monopoly to creator for 14 years, later changed to 18years
In 1976, copyright laws were extended to unpublished works andfor the first time took into account how technologicaladvancements could affect copyrightsBoiler plating
Refers to a portion of text that can be reused without beingchanged much, if at all, from the original
 These “printing plates” were used by the printing press for massreproduction
Another form is the “boiler”, a short blurb that describes acompany or product
Most frequently used in programming languagesMiscellaneous

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