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Digital Glossary

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  • Copyright © - Is the legal ownership of work produced by an individual, group, or business.  The originator has a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, before it expires and becomes accessible to the public.
  • Hashtag - Is a word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media websites and applications to identify messages on a specific topic, i.e. #bluepeter or #childreninneedThe # symbol is often referred to as a hashtag in error, its actually called an 'octothorp' or hash symbol.  The term 'tag' refers to the text following the symbol.
  • Hyperlink - Is an electronic link that allows a computer user to move directly from one location to another.  This can be between websites, web-pages, or files.  Text (aka hypertext), pictures, buttons and menus can all be hyperlinks.
  • Intellectual Property - Is a work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which the originator has rights and may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark, etc.
  • Internet - The Internet sometimes referred to as the 'Net', is a network, or system, that connects millions of computers worldwide.  The word derives from the prefix ‘inter’ which means ‘between’, and ‘net’ being is short for ‘network’.
  • Netiquette - The correct or acceptable way of using the Internet.
  • Patent - Is a legal document that gives the inventor of something the right to be the only one to make or sell the invention for a certain number of years.  If someone makes or uses that invention without permission, the inventor can sue that person in court to make them stop.
  • Plagiarism - Is using someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own.
  • Trademark ® - A name, symbol, or other mark used to show who made a product.  By law, only the company that makes or sells the product may use its trademark. The TM symbol is also used to show ownership.
  • World Wide Web -  The World Wide Web (aka the Web or www) is the part of the Internet that contains websites and webpages, connected by hyperlinks.  The World Wide Web is not the Internet - It is only part of it!
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