Intellectual Property Rights try to balance the rights of the creator, producer and distributor with those of the public interest.

definition of IPR

 Intellectual Property Rights or IPR are also referred to as  Intellectual Property or IP.


The Benefits of IPR are to: 

  encourage innovation

  share knowledge

  protect the creator

  allow the work to be developed

  allow commercial return

green circle  allow the work to be used in the public sphere 


The IPR 'family'

 Copyright is part of the Intellectual Property 'family' which includes moral rights, patents, trade marks and design rights. There are also performers' and photographers' rights and confidentiality and trade secrets. Database rights are the latest addition to the IPR family.

The aspects of IPR in the UK depicted as a family


 ‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ will deal mostly with copyrights and it will also cover moral rights and some other aspects of IPR such as performance rights. I t will also cover 'licencing' and 'licences' which are very important for working in schools and are dependant on 'copyright'.


 When the term 'copyright' is used with single apostrophes – ‘copyright’ – it refers to the full IPR family and associated rights and regulations. In this wider sense 'copyright' becomes a dimension of learning and applies across the curriculum. It is also an integral part of digital literacy, e-safety and personal rights and is necessary knowledge and practice for all citizens in an increasingly digitally mediated world.


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