Thoughts: What Should Youth Know About Copyright, Trademarks and Patents?

When one innovates, one should consider legal protection of intellectual property through use of copyright, trademarks, patents or other methods. In the case of youth, one might naively think that products they create are not of potentially high value and therefore, legal protection is not necessary. I was just reminded of the copyright notice I placed in my first software product CatTrack II back in 1988. While I never considered that the software would be a huge commercial success, I wanted to be sure that the work was not copied without due credit – just as I had learned about for journal publications and citations.

Remembering that a principal tenet of the YCISL program is to remain unencumbered by adult frameworks, it is probably adequate to (1) demonstrate how to attach such protection and (2) only use personal property and resources for direct product development – and not discuss the battles associated with intellectual property protection. After all, part of the purpose of intellectual property protection in the adult business world is intended to stifle competition rather than to amass resources to find the best solution. I would hope in the future that the counterproductive application of intellectual property protection as it is framed today fades in favor of a more team-like approach where all that matters is finding the solution especially to some of the world’s most urgent problems.

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