After reading over the assigned readings, it enforces some of what I have already known as basics, and in addition, helped be me more in-depth on the info I have read from the assigned readings, with the addition of a sort of changing my perspective on my work to be more cautious and aware. In addition, overall it also helps me understand the importance of copyright, how it protects me, and how it’ll protect me and others from being taken advantage of, in addition to making sure that credits of the original work are being given to the original author, it is just darn wrong to simply take a design someone worked hard to come up with to claim it as your own when you didn’t put any effort and stealing credits, while also destroying your own reputation, what is worse is the consequences in the future where you are viewed as a dishonest designer and will be much more difficult regaining that trust back.
As for some of my work, I do use other people’s work for creative purposes, projects, PowerPoint, and design experimentations. Majority of these works are not published publicly, it is mainly shown to others as finished assignments to professors, design ideas/concept, and experimentation to develop more on my graphical design skills. But, even though it is not shown publicly, I treat it as an MLA where instead of quoting the sources of specific quotes, I make sure I post links on the original image source where I’ve founded from. If there is the original author’s name and location I would also include that with the image cited source to make sure their credits are known. Overall, it is really scary on seeing the consequences of not citing the original author or giving credits, so I would just keep on citing/crediting the original authors’ works I have used.
For the pdf case study on “Case Study on Fair Use and Fair Dealing: The Hope Poster Litigation” (Hope poster case study – home | berkman klein center. (n.d.). Retrieved October 15, 2021, from https://cyber.harvard.edu/people/tfisher/IP/Hope_Poster_Case_Study.pdf.) It is a definite warning to other designers on the importance of citing and giving credit to the original author. What is really pathetic (In my opinion) is how Mr. Fairey handles the case at the beginning. Which is ignoring warnings and lawsuits from AP lawyers. In addition, his actions in fabricating fake evidence to try to prove he is in the right and his stubbornness to give credit to Garcia’s photography work. This is blatantly dishonest and breaks one of the rules in design ethics, and that is claiming as the sole author of a design when reality the image and the hope is not sole authorship. Overall this case study is a fair warning to other designers to know their basic rights as designers and the ethics they should follow to avoid situations like Fairey’s case. We mustn’t be dishonest and we must remember to give credit when it is due.