property is anything you own. you have rights over property. It is protected by law. similarly, ideas and thinking produced by the mind are also protected by law . It is illegal to use them without the permission of the owner or producer. The rights related to literary or artistic work, inventions , discoveries , etc are called intellectual property rights.
Due to the advancement of technology and the advent of computers, information storing becomes more easier. The Internet is also a huge storage house of information. small disks can contain thousands of lines of valuable information . This does not , howeve mean that you can use this information [ created by other people ] as you wish without permission . These are certain issues relating to the use of such information.
you use intellectual property all the time , whether you know it or not . For example , in most of the books , magazines the matter belongs to the author who writes them or to the publishing company that printed them. The same also applines to software , music , and art.
you must have seen this c symbol c enclosed within a circle on different items , books , magazines and even web pages. This symbol generally comes before a statement , ALL Right Reserved.