The Right to Copy

As in most countries the rule of law places a foundation for order. Even in the whimsical world of creativity the structure of law still finds its place. In the case of creative and intellectual content, Copyright laws serve as a protective shield that defends the rights of the author.

Copyright Laws

In the general forms it outlaws copying, distributing, displaying, or editing of original work without consent of the author. For example,  If someone were to take an original painting and translate that art to digital illustration and try to distribute that, it would be violating copy right law with some exceptions.

In order to lawfully  copy the work, contacting the owner of the content is needed. Getting proper permission to use the content on agreed upon fashion. This may come with a fee for use, but paying a fee upfront is better than paying for a lawyer for copyright infringement.

One misconception is to be recognized as a copyright holder there must be some kind of registration. In reality as soon as content is produced in tangible form copyright applies. Notice of copyright is not necessary but useful for widely used content to establish ownership. However, intangible forms such as ideas, methods, strategies, content that hasn’t been recorded (An improvised speech with no recorded proof), phrases, and slogans  are not protected.

Some may also assume copyrights last forever. In reality this is not true, not until 70 years after the authors death, this may vary if work was for hire then extended to 95 years since publication. Due to the multitudes of many copyright laws changes it is best to not assume for work made post-19th century. But works of Bach, and Voltaire to name a few are all apart of the Public domain which means it is open for anyone to use.

 

Fair Use

With limitations to the rights of the copyright holder to be able to make a case of a copyright infringement in some cases. If the copy, distribution of this content is for “criticism, new reporting, teaching, scholarship and research” are with in this area of exception. The nature of the use is also very important, is the person profiting (especially monetarily) off this work is also an important question to ask.”

 

Filing

First completing form from  the Copyright office is necessary specific for content. Then produce 2 copies of content and send it to the office. Within a span of approximately 16 weeks a copyright certification should be received. Registration is important if a lawsuit is raised in the case of the content, the certificate will stand validating the copyright.

 

 

 

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