The Internet and Internet-enabled digital devices are force multipliers for intellectual property crime because they enable intellectual property to be uploaded, copied, downloaded, and shared instantly worldwide. International and regional cooperation on intellectual property crime and protection matters are critical. This cooperation can (and has) involve implementing national, regional, and international property laws, and developing national capacity to protect intellectual property and to prevent intellectual property crime online and offline. Ultimately, intellectual property crime denies creators and innovators and those who make intellectual property available their economic returns on their creations, innovations, unique identifiers, and/or undisclosed information.
This Module examines intellectual property and its cyber-enabled unauthorized access, distribution, and use. Specifically, this Module examines what intellectual property is, types of intellectual property, the causes, reasons, and perceived justifications for cyber-enabled copyright and trademark offences, and protective and preventive measures against such offence.