What are the intellectual property rights in the Metaverse?

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In the Metaverse, just as in the physical world, the protection of intellectual property rights is crucial. Trademarks can be employed to safeguard distinctive signs, such as logos, names, or even 3D-objects in the Metaverse. Copyrights can protect various types of artworks, such as images or videos, that are created within the Metaverse. Design rights can aid in the protection of unique virtual objects, such as elaborate buildings or customized avatar accessories. Although trade secrets
and patents may not be as visible within the Metaverse, they are still essential in safeguarding the underlying technology that powers the Metaverse. It is apparent that intellectual property rights apply in the Metaverse roughly to the same extent as in the physical world.

Felix Tann

Intellectual Property and Competition Law

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