Possessions and Entitlement

“Copyright is a permanently fixed of the original work in some form that can be received or heard. Only the copyright owner has the right to use their work. You have to have permission from the copyright owner to use their content or you’ve broken the law.” Copyright laws are in play to give credit where credit is due and to ensue that ideas and pieces of work aren’t stolen or given away to others to make money that isn’t theirs.

Laws are put in place for a reason, although I don’t agree with all of them and like Larry Lessig said, “we’re constantly living life against the law.” Copyrights are good for the people who create the work such as art, music, writing, etc. Those are all things that in my opinion are works of art and can’t be duplicated. However, thus far my experience in the journalism world has opened my eyes to copyrights that I find to be a little absurd. I worked for an entertainment website for short time that took facts from other articles and then rewrote them in their own words, which is ok. But using other people’s photos that are blasted all over Instagram, Facebook and other overly populated social media sites are NOT ok to use in such article.

Its hard for me to believe in laws such as these for those reasons and I think that Lessig has a valid argument, in that we should be recreating from what other people have made. Eventually that work will evolve forcing our generation and society to grow in a major way. Creativity feeds off of other creativity and we’re constantly learning from one another by conversations and personal displays of character, however we’re prohibited from copyrighting those. I’m not saying get rid of the law all together because I would want my work, should it ever be recognized, to be called my own. We need to find a balance as mentioned in the video of giving credit where it is due but allowing the youth to play with our own ideas to form visions of their own.

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