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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Intellectual property law seeks to identify and protect rights and responsibilities connected to the value of ideas. The advent of modern technology has raised the public’s awareness about the existence of intellectual property rights. This section will discuss some of the most common intellectual property interests. COPYRIGHTS The United States Constitution gives Congress the ability to establish a national system of copyrights and patents. United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8, clause 8. A copyright is similar to what it sounds like – a right to copy. The holder of a copyright has the exclusive right to copy, distribute, and adapt the work for which he or she holds the copyright. One may hold a copyright for various kinds of creative works, such as manuscripts, essays, art pieces, photographs, films, music, and lyrics. 17 United States Code §102. In most cases, a copyright is protected from the time the work is created until 70 years after the cre...