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What is intellectual property?

Published 01.11.08 at 09:00

From the music we listen to and the books we read, to the computer software and products we use in our daily lives, most of the world's creative output and content (including possibly yours) can be classified as intellectual property (IP).

But IP rights don't protect ideas or concepts; it is how these ideas are brought to life that means they can be protected by IP legislation.

Products, technical solutions and new inventions are protected by patents and design rights; literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works are protected by copyright; and brand names, words, sounds, and even smells, are protected by trade marks.

In a nutshell, all of your mental and creative 'outputs' can be transformed into tangible 'commodities' so that you can licence, sell, trade, divide or retain your rights to those commodities. Creative individuals and businesses should, therefore, be protecting everything, particularly designs, brands, logos, packaging and software creations.

Download our article 'Doing the Rights Thing' for a step-by-step guide on protecting, exploiting and managing your IP.

Photo credit: Martin Kingsley

 

Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

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  1. AMERICAN TV NETWORK NBC STEALS NYC ARTISTS COPYRIGHTS TO CREATE AMERICAN TV SHOW "HEROES"

    READ THIS COMMENT BY TWO NYC ARTISTS CALLED "THE TWINS" AND SEE WHY "OWN-IT" IS A MUST READ FOR ALL ARTISTS AND CREATIVE TALENT......

    NBC's CEO Jeff Zucker and Tim Kring of the American tv show
    " Heroes" are so desperate for ratings and hit tv shows, that NBC representatives are now attending artists film screenings, art exhibits etc... to steal the artist copyrighted intellectual property to create content for NBC like the failure called Heroes.

    The Supreme Court Cert on the lawsuit
    " Mallery vs NBC Universal" case #09-999 which went before The Supreme Court is a great example of this fact.
    Heroes is a massive failure because it's stolen IP.
    Tim Kring did an admission of guilt in the media one day after the judge in the NYC lower court put the plaintiffs African-American artists Enjai and Amnau Eele on trial without their knowledge, issued a ruling against them without their knowledge, and the judge
    ( Denise Cote) or her law clerk never bothered to contact the plaintiffs or their lawyer.
    ( contact attorney Ted Shiells of www.carrip.com or tele:214-760-3032 and he will confirm this fact), and you can also read Tim Kring's admission of guilt at:
    http://blog.the-eg.com/2007/12/04/tim-kring
    Where Tim Kring states:"In Hollywood they say if Hitler wrote a great screenplay they'd send a limo to the airport to pick him up... Great creativity comes from everywhere, I was flubbed(before) and I didn't just want a show on the air, I wanted something big, bold and wanted to prove them wrong. Only problem was I didn't have an idea, so I was just left angry and worried about it... I lied and cheated and schemed and manipulated all the way through the idiocy that is the notes process when you do this, was able to push the production through relatively unscathed and in the form that it would work in.
    That's how Heroes got on the air. It's not the most original idea in the world, you build and borrow. Just put these pieces together in the right way, at the right time, and on the right network".
    We repeat :Tim Kring said this in the media a day after Judge Denise Cote put the plaintiffs on trial without their knowledge.
    Tim Kring didn't stop there.....
    at http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/125/rebel-alliance.html written by David Kushner April 11, 2008 Tim Kring also stated to the media:" We are literally making up the parameters of the intellectual property that will take the networks into the next generation. We're the beta-testing ground. It's a wild west: There are no rules. Just take something and go try it".
    NOTE:
    At the trial (without the plaintiffs knowledge), Tim Kring's lawyer Marcia Paul of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine NYC told the judge that" Heroes" was "original and Tm Kring's original work" and in the "I lied" interview Tim Kring claims "Heroes" is not the most original work, you build and borrow", that's perjury in any court of law.

    Question: Why is Tim Kring " making up the parameter" of something that's already set?

    The NYC artist that can paint the future on large canvas which was featured on "Heroes" is a original copyrighted character named
    "Idai Markus" based on a real life Luba divination NYC artist named Enjai Eele.
    Eele and his Twin former YSL and Jasper Conran model Amnau Eele were first written about in Russell Simmons ( of Def Jam Records) "One World Magazine" July 2001 and The NY Daily News by Daily Beast and Vanity Fair Magazine editor Lloyd Grove on August 5, 2004 article titled: "Future Tribeca Stars"?
    This NY Daily News article led to "The Twins" as we are known in the NYC art world to being invited to screen our 15 minute short film "The Letter" featuring Robert Deniro , our Luba divination art on September 11,2001, the storms Katrina and Rita and our script/novel on the fictional character "Idai Markus the artist that can paint the future on large canvas before it happens" to the students in the art dept at Hunter College NYC April 2005 which was attended by NBC representatives that claim they heard about our Hunter College show on the Associated Press and by September 2006 our Luba divination art, characters, concepts etc... were on the tv show" Heroes" as the number one show in America with a growing worldwide audience.
    Idai Markus the drug free NYC African-American artist that could paint the future on large canvas became Isaac Mendez the Latino artist that could paint the future on large canvas , but only after he shot up drugs.
    We filed a copyright infringement and defamation lawsuit against "Never Busted Criminals"(NBC) March 2007, NBC then killed off the" artist that could paint the future with a dope problem" sending the fans into a rage, NBC then made a settlement offer of $750,000.00 plus 5%net royalties to us at our former lawyer's mid-town office at a face to face meeting (which we, the plaintiffs and our lawyer turned down) and the tv show Heroes was now in the mud ratings wise.
    Tim Kring became angry and called the show's few fans that were left "saps and Dip-@#$% for not watching and the rest of this tragic fable is in the Supreme Court Cert in Washington, D.C.
    NOTE: Why was the plaintiffs work so valuable to NBC? Because the plaintiff, Luba Divination Artist Enjai Eele divined, painted and copyrighted before September 11, 2001 a "Luba Memory Board"(painting, 36x 48 inches, oil on canvas) titled: "The Atta Page" which depicted two planes crashing into the twin towers in NYC on 9-11 and the message that" A man named Atta will attack the twin towers on September 11 because there are 9 letters in the word Manhattan and 11 letters in the name Mohamed Atta and the name ATTA is in the word manhATTAn and whenever the world look at the word manhATTAn, the world will always remember the name ATTA and what ATTA did to the twin towers and manhATTAn on 9-11-01. The Atta Page is the only painting of it's type worldwide.
    The plaintiffs last art exhibition before the NBC lawsuit insanity was at Russell Simmons "Rush Art Gallery" in NYC (chelsea) curated by Derek Adams.

    Jeff Zucker and Tim Kring took another artist original copyrighted IP and made millions of dollars with it without that artist permission. NBC even used our great-great grandfather's symbol that was used by him to survive the trans-atlantic slave trade that landed him on a plantation in the deep south in Louisiana.
    His symbol was used on the tv show "Heroes" and to show NBC executives where to park their cars in the L.A. California NBC parking lot.
    Tim Kring had no problem accepting a Golden globe nomination and a NAACP image award for someone else's IP
    Extortion, perjury, wire fraud,and many other crimes have been comitted in this lawsuit,
    We're not afraid of NBC and we are not going to stop until they pay for what they did un-lawfully with our copyrighted IP.
    Our civil rights have been totally violated in this lawsuit and this lawsuit will prove that NBCU is nothing more than a racist organized crime hate group that traffics in stolen copyrighted IP.

    Thank You,
    Enjai and Amnau Eele

    Posted by AMNAU EELE on 25.08.10 at 19:00

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