“Our current culture is one in which creators get to create only with the permission of the powerful or of the creators from the past”- Lawrence Lessig, founder Creative Commons
Copyright used to last 14 years now it lasts 70 years and 100 years for companies
You can use a copyright if it is for teaching, a news report, parody (for whatever reason), and critical discussion.
Copyright is a permanently fixed original work but can be seen or heard.
Only the copyright owner has the right to use their work.
John Milton seems to be one of the first people to have understood the importance of Copyright in England in the 18th century (Patterson 114)
At one time the public domain was regarded as a wasteland for dusty government documents and cultural curiosities from the 1920s and 1930s — a place of virtually worthless junk. Now that the Internet and digital technologies enable us to build our own commons and therefore share and re-use the music, images, writing and other works that we make, the public domain is properly seen as a rich cultural legacy and reservoir of shared value. It is a vital foundation for civic life, education and culture. We actively need to protect it.
Public Domain is the rule and Copyright protection is the exception.
Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances—especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant. It is a general right that applies even in situations where the law provides no specific authorization for the use in question.
Law provides copyright protection to creative works in order to foster the creation of culture. Its best known feature is protection of owners’ rights. But copying, quoting, and generally re-using existing cultural material can be, under some circumstances, a critically important part of generating new culture.
Law provides copyright protection to “works of authorship” in order to foster the creation of culture. Its best-known feature is protection of owners’ rights. But copying, quoting, and generally re-using existing cultural material can be, under some circumstances, a critically important part of generating new culture. In fact, the cultural value of copying is so well established that it is written into the social bargain at the heart of copyright law, as inscribed in the United States Constitution.
“Whatever it is you want to create, Fair Use is a creative tool for the purposes you choose” (xi). However, it can shrink if not used, and this becomes a problem as few people know hoe to use it today, and how it relates to copyright.” (xi)
Creative Commons is an alternative method for method for marking creative products and publications. Creative Commons was founded in 2001 (http://creativecommons.org/about/history) Creative Commons is becoming increasingly useful for higher education because it will allow faculty to use and share materials without worrying as much about breaking copyright.
You as a creator can decide what can be done with your work (sharing, mashing, remixing, and performing).
As someone who plays music it is frustrating to learn that I need permission to play someone else’s music. I personally know that I can cover a song without anyone getting to upset, but I wonder if I were to record someone else’s work how far they would let me take it without their permission. Obviously their work is copyrighted and therefore they can force me to pay, but still if it is a different interpretation of their work I fail to see how it is affecting them. Not to mention it seems very clear that most works today have come from another source, whether it be a specific chord progression in a song or style in a which a movie was shot, it seems very difficult to have an original piece of work in today’s society, which is fine, because as stated in the readings, it helps aid in cultural development.
Weirdly enough after writing this paragraph, I found a book explaining to me that as long as I don’t stray from the original structure of the song, I am not breaking any copyright laws as it is a part of the public domain (Wilson 9).
My dad has brought home illegally gotten movies before, and ven after reading this I don’t really have a problem with the person he is getting them from because it is not adversely affecting me, and because I will always by the movies when they come out on DVD because I would rather have the quality that they provide.
Not a big fan of downloading music illegally or legally (unless I have to) as I like cds. I was in an FYE (cd store) a few months back and some guy came up to my friend and I as we were looking through the used section and said “how 90’s of you”, it’s interesting to me how the purchasing of cds has become nostalgic in a sense.