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Our right to intellectual property through contract

The United States Constitution states that Congress shall have the power to “promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries” [1]. Our Founding Fathers understood that protection of novel ideas and information falls within the realm of the proper role of government. Protection of novel ideas has become known as intellectual property (IP), wherein works of art, such as music, paintings, and movies, and inventions, such as processes and configurations, are protected by law through copyrights, patents, and trade secrets.

Modern prophets have taught that IP should be protected.

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