Multimedia works are created by combining "content" - music, text, graphics, illustrations, photographs, and software. There are four major intellectual property laws in the United States that are important for multimedia developers:
Copyright law, which protects original "works of
Patent law, which protects new, useful, and "nonobvious" inventions and processes.
Trademark law, which protects words, names, and symbols used by manufacturers and businesses to identify their goods and services.
Trade secret law, which protects valuable information not generally known that has been kept secret by its owner.