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Referencing and Plagiarism: Copyright & Intellectual Property

Copyright compliance

Video: Introduction to UK Copyright law

Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, 2012. Introduction to UK copyright law (1 of 5) [online, video]. Poole: CIPPM Bournemouth University. Available from: [Accessed 29 September 2022].

Intellectual property (IP)

How is intellectual property (IP) defined?

The UK government states that: “Intellectual property is something unique that you physically create. An idea alone is not intellectual property. For example, an idea for a book doesn’t count, but the words you’ve written do”

This quote is taken from the 'Intellectual Property Note for Students' linked on the following BU webpage (scroll down page and under 'Policies and Procedures' heading, select the 'Intellectual Property' link).