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Intellectual property - comprising industrial property and copyright - in general is protected by national legislation. Therefore those rights are limited territorially and can be exercised only within the jurisdiction of the country or countries under whose laws they are granted.

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    Intellectual Property and the "Information Society" Metaphor
-3   Basics: Acquisition of Copyright
-2   Basics: Limitations
-1   Basics: Infringement and Fair Use
0   Legal Protection: National Legislation
+1   Legal Protection: Multilateral Agreements
+2   Legal Protection: WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
+3   Legal Protection: TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights)
Recent "Digital Copyright" Legislation: European Union
Intellectual property
Intellectual property, very generally, relates to the output that result from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields. Traditionally intellectual property is divided into two branches: 1) industrial property (inventions, marks, industrial designs, unfair competition and geographical indications), and 2) copyright. The protection of intellectual property is guaranteed through a variety of laws, which grant the creators of intellectual goods, and services certain time-limited rights to control the use made of their products.