Intellectual property, or IP, is any creative work or invention that has to be patented, trademarked, or copyrighted. Many inventors around the world are stating that their intellectual properties are continued to be pirated by other companies, selling it for profit. These inventions are important because they aid the world through another chapter in development, especially in the sense of economic growth and the transfer of information. According to Kamil Idris, a Sudanese politician, it is essential for a nation to protect the intellectual properties of their inventors, because it would allow them to create more things with the confidence that the design would not be stolen or copied. It would also enable their inventors to stay and trust the security provided by their government, which would, later on, allow them to work on more significant projects.
The sad reality is that only a few countries protect the intellectual properties of their citizens. Usually, these countries are legislating laws that would protect an intellectual property to be copied and sold to others, according to Kamil Idris. However, the majority of countries in the world today does not even care about intellectual properties, and one of the evidence presents the growing industry of internet piracy. People should be informed further about the disadvantages of piracy, and they should also be enlightened on what intellectual properties are.
Another problem that poses a severe threat to the protection of intellectual properties is globalization. The world today is connected more than ever. The internet paved the way for many people to communicate with other people from the other side of the world. With the growth of the internet comes the growth of internet piracy, wherein people would upload legitimate files online only to be copied by others. This type of piracy is a big blow especially to the entertainment industry, and they are working hard to crush any attempts to pirate an intellectual property from the entertainment industry.
Two organizations, named the WCT (WIPO Copyright Treaty) and the WPPT (WIPO Phonograms and Performances Treaty) are trying to address the issue with internet piracy and the protection of intellectual properties. They are working with other groups and organizations to make sure that intellectual properties are protected and could not be stolen by anyone. Kamil Idris has also encouraged governments around the world to be harsher in dealing with online pirates because they could only stop from what they are doing if the punishment for the crime becomes more severe.
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