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IPT: Intellectual Property?

posted Sep 23, 2009, 1:53 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Sep 23, 2009, 2:17 PM ]
In today's morning class (which is your second-last one ever!) and the double period later today, you'll all really need to get moving on the volume of work I've given you over the last few lessons.

My aim has been to get your minds in shape to think critically through the kinds of issues related to the course, so that in the external exam (less than a month away, now), your mind will jump immediately to the right place rather than taking time to think through everything for the first time. All that said, it's time to get onto the meat of today's lesson!

Copyright. Patent. Trademark. These are all words that are related to the legal reality of intellectual property. You've done a lot of thinking (and writing!) about this concept over the last two years, and it's the focus of today's case study. Please complete the following:
  1. In small groups, work out a definition for the concept of intellectual property in layman's terms, then brainstorm an explanation for why laws have been created to protect it.
  2. Read this article: The Fashion Industry & Intellectual Property.
  3. Compare the features and implications of intellectual property in the fashion industry to intellectual property in the entertainment industry.
  4. As a class, watch the video about the label, 'Love Jozi'. (In terms of timing, I aim to do this as one of the last things before the bell goes for roll call this morning. Let me know if you feel like you get to this point faster and would like to watch the video sooner rather than later.)
  5. "The laws surrounding intellectual property should be abolished." Discuss this statement, including a critical analysis of relevant social & ethical issues.
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