Protect Your Ideas, Protect Your Business! What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Intellectual Property
By Michael Lent, an Overdrive contributor and consultant at Annecto Legal
In 1510, the famous printmaker Marcantonio Raimondi was summoned to court for making copies of the engraver Albrecht Dürer’s The Life of the Virgin with his own signature (he was ordered to remove the monogram from all future copies). This may have been an early IP dispute, but it wasn’t the first: people have been arguing over their ideas for centuries, and with recent cases like the Marvin Gaye Estate vs. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams making huge headlines, it’s likely they’ll continue for centuries to come.