The term “plagiarism” has seemed to make its mark in the world by letting people know to not copy other people’s work. In the article “Plagiarism: a lie of the mind,” written by Maurice Isserman, he talks about what plagiarism is not in order for his audience to understand what plagiarism is. In my opinion, i feel that plagiarism has its reasons to be present and enforced because then we would just be saying the same thing someone else said instead of saying it in our own words and understanding it. It should be more enforced in literature since work is being published but i don’t think it should be enforced verbally. Verbal plagiarism is something that can’t be controlled.
Since the 1700s copyright laws have exsisted. Grey also speaks about how the laws have became stricter and more longer, lasting even until the creator passes away. The question is does these laws restrict us from naturally and freely being creative, are the laws “choking” our creativeness. Lessing passionately speaks about, copyright laws suffocating our thoughts, and most importantly effecting our future thinkers, our children. Disney and other corporations are protected by these copyright laws. After watching Faden’s production, I researched Disney and copyrights on Wikipedia. The Copyright Term Extension Act was lobbied by Disney so much it was nicknamed, the Mickey Mouse Protection Act. Even educators and learners are feeling the effects of copyright laws because some teachers do not want to be sued. Center for Social Media’s document shows the collection of facts to take into account with fair use in the education system. All this leaves me to think, is our creative right being hindered?
Kimesha, Dimitri and Steve
According to the Grey video, copyright law dates back to the early 1710’s and gave authors control over who could make copies of their books or build on their work but for only a limited time. The law’s purpose is still the same but after many changes by congress, it lasts for lifetime of the author plus 70 years. Both Grey and Lessig agree that copyright is stifling creativity in that we are not allowed to recreate and remix using other people’s content. Lessig’s discussion of this was in relation to digital technologies since our generation is built on technology; it is how we communicate with one another. A defense of copyright is fair use. The idea of fair use depends of the nature, extent and economic aspect of the work being used. The Center for Social Media reading discusses fair use for educational purposes. How educators are allowed to use different media in teaching students and help them learn. This is demonstrated in Faden’s video. He edited different clips from Disney movies to explain how copyright works and what it entails.
What are some other examples of amateur culture that you have seen or created?
Should artists and creators allow their work to be available more freely?
Is there any copyrighted material that you think should not be copyrighted?
Do you have any suggestions on how to make copyright laws more understandable?
How would the absence of a copyright law affect creativity?