Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I continue to be amazed at the number of budding entrepreneurs I find who, while claiming no intellectual property for their business, are blind to their likely infringement on others. This is especially true in information technology companies, the more so for those making iPhone apps.
Their most common argument is that everyone is doing it. Well, here is something that 1/3 of the adult population under 40 is doing: wearing tattoos. Now, by every definition of US copyright, a tattoo is the intellectual property of the tattoo artist. This results in some very interesting implications as found in this recent article.
Here’s the jest of it: “Ordinarily, copyright owners have the exclusive right to authorize public displays of their work. This means that an artist can, for example, sell a painting to a collector, but for the artwork to appear in a film, the artist must either approve or have explicitly sold that right to the collector.” Which has led to some high profile cases around tattoos appearing in movies.
My point is that intellectual property is ubiquitous. So when you decide it could BE different, remember that.