Category Archives: Ethics and Legal Issues

Data Protection Act

What type of information is protected by the Data Protection Act? The Act regulates the use of “personal data”. To understand what personal data means, we need to first look at how the Act defines the word “data”. Data means information … Continue reading

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Disability and the Equality Act 2010

From 1 October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply. Find out about the protection and legal rights the Equality Act provides for disabled … Continue reading

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Open source

Open source software Generally speaking, open-source software refers to software for which the source code (underlying programming code) is made freely available for use, reading the code, changing it or developing further versions of the software, including adding amendments to … Continue reading

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Copyright

Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works. What is covered by copyright? The kinds of works covered by copyright include: literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspapers and … Continue reading

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Patent

A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.  In order to be patentable, the invention must fulfill … Continue reading

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Trademark

A trademark is a distinctive sign which identifies certain goods or services as those produced or provided by a specific person or enterprise. Its origin dates back to ancient times, when craftsmen reproduced their signatures, or “marks” on their artistic or utilitarian … Continue reading

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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce. IP is divided into two categories:  Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic … Continue reading

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