Category:SP Intellectual Property

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SP/Intellectual Property [2 Core-Tier1 hours]

Intellectual property refers to a range of intangible rights of ownership in an asset such as a software program. Each intellectual property "right" is itself an asset. The law provides different methods for protecting these rights of ownership based on their type. There are essentially four types of intellectual property rights relevant to software: patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks. Each affords a different type of legal protection. See cross-referencing with the Information Management (IM) Knowledge Area.



  • Philosophical foundations of intellectual property
  • Intellectual property rights (cross-reference IM/Information Storage and Retrieval/intellectual property and protection)
  • Intangible digital intellectual property (IDIP)
  • Legal foundations for intellectual property protection
  • Digital rights management
  • Copyrights, patents, trade secrets, trademarks
  • Plagiarism


  • Foundations of the open source movement
  • Software piracy

Learning Outcomes:


1. Discuss the philosophical bases of intellectual property. [Familiarity]

2. Discuss the rationale for the legal protection of intellectual property. [Familiarity]

3. Describe legislation aimed at digital copyright infringements. [Familiarity]

4. Critique legislation aimed at digital copyright infringements. [Assessment]

5. Identify contemporary examples of intangible digital intellectual property. [Familiarity]

6. Justify uses of copyrighted materials. [Assessment]

7. Evaluate the ethical issues inherent in various plagiarism detection mechanisms. [Assessment]

8. Interpret the intent and implementation of software licensing. [Familiarity]

9. Discuss the issues involved in securing software patents. [Familiarity]

10. Characterize and contrast the concepts of copyright, patenting and trademarks. [Assessment]


11. Identify the goals of the open source movement. [Familiarity]

12. Identify the global nature of software piracy. [Familiarity]

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