Today is World Intellectual Property Day, an important day in our calendar as the work that we produce as illustrators falls under the category of Intellectual Property when it comes to copyright definition and legal protection.
The term 'Intellectual Property' began to be used in the mid 19th century in reference to early copyright statutes and patent law. However, it was not until the late 20th century that the concept was adapted in a broad sense. Intellectual property refers to 'creations of the mind'. Recognition and protection of creations of the mind is intended to stimulate creativity and all illustration, design and art fall into this wonderfully named category!
So come on, today let's celebrate the protection intellectual property laws afford us and the amazing creativity and innovation that grows from these rights! Visit the WIPO website here