Intellectual property (IP), as defined by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, relates to the creation of the mind; inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is then divided into industrial property and copyright.
What intrigued me the most learning about this topic was the thought of not having copyright in our lives. We have grown up in an era with copyright laws to prevent our works from being repurposed by others.
Before copyright became relevant, protecting others from having their works taken by someone was considered to be part of the public domain. This allowed anyone to take your work and claim it as their own.
These days many people create watermarks onto their works. You can find them on pictures posted to platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and many other social media sites. They are not limited to just social media, you can find them on other works such as paintings. These marks are a way to prevent others from using their images/works and claiming them as your own. They are super easy to make and stamp onto your images. Below is a quick tutorial on how to make one for yourself!