PowerPoint Slideshow about 'UK Copyright' - MrPalmer
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Copyright allows authors, musicians, artists, etc. to make money off of their labor. It prevents others from taking their work for free. It also prevents people from altering the work without permission.
The main motive for creative endeavors (money) disappears. If authors can’t make a living writing, most will not write. If a record company can’t profit from a band, they will sign fewer bands and cut loose the money losers.
If copyright exists but can’t be enforced, the above still happens eventually. The end result is less creative content and hard-to-pirate distribution methods become preferred like print and closed databases.
Licenses – Creators can retain copyright but allow people to use content under certain terms. For example, the copyright can give schools to use content for free and without permission. Example: (http://www.creativecommons.org/)
Open License – Others can use but must credit original source. Further, any version that others create must also have the open license and be useable by others as well. Example: (http://www.wikipedia.org/).
Many object to recent extensions of copyright terms. Recent legislation extended copyright terms keeping pre-1923 as the beginning of the public domain. Disney and other corporations lobbied for this but it also erodes the concept of public domain as content is staying protected longer.
And of course, the widespread piracy of music and movies has resulted in a crackdown by the respective industries.
The whole MP3 issue (and the bad attitudes which consumers have towards copyright) has convinced many publishers to distribute content in copy protected or non-computerized forms. Print is not dying…it is making a comeback.