Photography is just like...
...music. You hear a pop song in commercial, but that company doesn't own the song.

...software. You buy software, but that doesn't mean you own the code.

...blueprints. You may own the building when it's built, but the architect owns the design.

...sculpture. You can buy art, but you can't copy and sell it as your own.

The intellectual property is an intangible asset, that is, it is intangible as well as it cannot be defined or specified by its physical parameters. It is created by human intellectual or inspirational activity. Therefore, the intellectual property must be defined in some discernible method to be protected by the laws.

via Intellectual property valuation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Author: Lincoln Barbour
Lincoln Barbour has been a commercial photographer since 2002 and has photographed for brands such as Hunter Douglas, Nike, Oreck, Nature's Way, and has been published in Dwell, Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, and Country Living

You can find out more about Lincoln Barbour here: www.lincolnbarbour.com
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