Assignment 8

Final Research Question: How have smartphones influenced the transformation of the music industry?

“The Copyright Act prevents the unauthorized copying of a work of authorship.”  Some argue that copyright protection promotes the creative and educational process because if certain ideas and things have already been created and copyrighted, it forces the individual(s) to create an original piece of work.  On the other hand, some argue that copyright protection does not promote the creative and educational process because people experience similar realizations, conceptualizations, and ideas.  For instance, one may create a very detailed and well-designed logo without looking at pre-existing references, and end up re-creating a somewhat identical logo that has already been copyrighted and published.

Copyright protection doesn’t promote the creative or educational process because “as long as the current copyright laws remain as they are, no living person will ever get to tell a Darth Vader story or a Harry Potter story, or a Hobbit story, or any other story that matters to them that the author or when they’re dead, their company disagrees with.”  Copyright protection has stopped people from making creative works based on original creative works.  It also made sure that no one could make a more popular version of an original work.  Copyright allows companies to sue anyone using their ideas at any given moment.  I often find that most ideas/works have already been created and copyrighted, that it is hard to come up with an original idea that hasn’t been created already.  Since the world is constantly evolving and technology has developed since 1710, people should be allowed to use their creative/educational process from original material, and re-skin and “upgrade” the content as their own, as long as they give credit to the original source.  I personally love watching re-makes of famous Disney movies such as Cinderella and Beauty and The Beast.  

It is possible that copyright protection can stifle the creative or educational process because creators will not be able to use works from their predecessors without the chance of them getting sued.

References:

Tysver, Daniel A. “BitLaw.” Copyright Law in the United States, Tysver Beck Evans, www.bitlaw.com/copyright/index.html.

Viewing: Grey, CGP. “Copyright: Forever Less One Day.” YouTube, YouTube, 23 Aug. 2011, www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk862BbjWx4.

 

 

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