When thinking of intellectual properties, unauthorised use of pictures and photographs spring to mind, the reprint of texts without permission or websites illegally offering music to download. But the field is far wider: theatre performances or dance choreographies for example are also protected as intellectual property, as are many other events. Not to speak of research results or developments. It is a complicated sphere that touches many different fields of law, often making it nearly impossible for artists or event organisers to protect their ideas without help – for example when drawing up contracts.

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