Before you use any content you did not create you should pause and think about copyright. The information below allows you to determine if the content is copyrighted and how you can use it.
Copyright protection is intended to promote learning and culture. Within an academic setting copyright protection gives scholars the right to demand attribution from others using their work. Scholars also have the right to transfer their copyright to publishers of their work.
Patents recognize new inventions derived from research. They often are expensive to obtain and usually require assistance from other people.
Trademarks often function as consumer protection tools by eliminating confusion over brands and quality. They are also used to strengthen the commercial interests of individuals and corporations.