Copyright: THEN & NOW

“Watch, BUT DON’T TOUCH!” ~In relation to copyright.

 

“Long time ago, in a galaxy far far away there was no copyright” ~Ted Mitew 2k16

Copyright has changed dramatically through the spans of space and time. From an individuals intellectual property being at the free reign of the public to literally your left hand and dog being copyrighted under someone’s name.

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This could be described as a good thing as well as a bad thing. Monopolising first became a practice in 1710 in which changed the way an individuals property worked. Then after 14 years after publication, the idea/property could be used again. In contrast to now, it is 120 years after the creation of the idea or 95 years after publication.

Copyright is a controversial topic, as of now everything is copyrighted, even the song “Happy Birthday To You” (Time-Warner Corporation).

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Does this mean every time I sing happy birthday I am breaching copyright laws? Yes.

However, the content industry has argued without these laws there would be no creative ideas. It is this notion that creative ideas that will be lost that sparks a discussion. If there is no copyright, does that mean everyone has the right to use someone else’s idea?

Imagine four different titanic movies. Same plot. Same scenes. Same words. It would be boring! This is one of the reasons for intellectual property laws to be put in place.

~ krisesandchrosses ~

 

 

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