Jamie Thomas – The Karman Cube

Copyright

This section is concerned with the legal and financial information that is applicable to the project.

The project must be covered by copyright law in order to protect it against illegal replication and publication. The text below is taken from The World Intellectual Property Organization website.

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

Intellectual property is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

Copyright protects written, theatrical, musical and artistic works as well as film, book layouts, sound recordings, and broadcasts. Copyright is an automatic right, which means you don’t have to apply for it.”

The work is therefore covered by intellectual copyright law and this could be enforced through providing the documentation of the work at exhibitions and conferences. Some other steps have also been taken to retain intellectual copyright to the work. This has taken the form of publication and documentation of the work and its related prototypes on internet sites such as vimeo and youtube, as well as this dedicated research site. Video hosting sites such as these are relevant due to their capabilities of logging the dates and times that videos were created and published. The creator of the work holds full copyright to it, without registration. However, in order to patent the design, the full specifications must be submitted to the patent office. More research must be conducted into this area in order to find out wether the projects implementation could qualify for patenting.

Dependent on the projects final outcome creative commons licensing could also prove to be worthwhile. As a furthered research project, the work could be licensed under an Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license.

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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute your work just like the by-nc-nd license, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new stories based on your work. All new work based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature. Taken from CC

This license could provide protection whilst allowing a greater research community to build upon the work, allowing for the free distribution of the work whilst also retaining its initial agenda.

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