This weeks topic is the importance of copyright. Many people have their own interpretation of why copyrights exist, but what is the history being in? According to Copyright World, the creation of the copyright started in 1787. This article explained how our founding fathers were always creating new ideas and concepts, and in order to protect them, they had to be secured by the law. George Washington signed the first copyright in 1780, and the concept of copyright took off ever since. Many people also have their own interpretation of what a copyright is, but do we actually really know? Copyright World also credited the World Intellectual Property Organization for their definition, which is, “a legal term describing rights given to the creators for their literary and artistic works”. This basically means the owner of the created work owns the rights to it, protecting it from being used or sold by somebody else. I like this article because it also talks about why copyright is so important. According to Copyright World, it is our legal write to protect our work, and I think we can all agree on that. We have have created something in our lives, whether that be a homework assignment or an essay, and we wouldn’t want somebody taking it and passing it off as their own! Especially, like the article mentioned, if the idea can make you money. Copyright prevents people from making a profit off of somebody else’s work, which is why copyrights are so important for companies, big or small. Thats also why copyrights have to be in affect for so long, which is usually 50-70 years after the death of the original owner. However, copyrights can be passed down. Overall I really liked this article because it broke down both the history and the importance of copyrights and their usage.
I chose this source because I find it interesting that their our limits of what you can copyright. 5 Things That Can’t Be Copyrighted by Jonathan Bailey broke down the things that can’t be copyrighted and why, which I thought were really useful to know. The first thing was titles and names. Bailey wrote that the reason behind this was copyrights protect creative content, not the work that is designed for the market place. Also, for example, think of all of the people in the world. Can you imagine if they all copyrighted their name and everyone had to be named something different? It would be a hassle, especially to check it! Titles for a business or company can however be given a trademark to help eliminate confusion. Ideas also can’t be copyrighted because they aren’t tangible things. It has to be written down for, mainly because we can’t tell what somebody else has going on in their mind. People are allowed to have similar ideas to a certain extent. Like for example, Bailey mentioned that you could make a story about a wizard boy who went to school with his friends, but can’t use the same characters or plots as Harry Potter. Works by the federal U.S government can not be copyrighted either. This is because taxpayer money is spent on creating the ideas. Works without authorship can’t be copyrighted either. Work, as stated by Bailey, needs to have creative elements to it, like you can’t copyright a calendar, but you could copyright the pictures that are in it. Lastly, fashion can not be copyrighted. Certain patterns may be copyrighted, or a companies logo, but not the actual piece of clothing. It’s more so the style that can’t be copyrighted, mainly because it’s seen as an artistic right. Overall, I thought this article was really organized and helpful because I didn’t know you couldn’t copyright certain things.