What is copyright you may ask? It is defined as, the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. Or in other words copyright does not protect ideas, and concepts. However, it is legal ownership of the creator who also allows people such as us to use their works. Therefore, copyright is there so that no one can “claim” your original idea is theirs. That brings up another point of originality. Originality comes from the person(s) who put together their ideas to create something extravagant. Therefore, it is simple to take credit in the works of another individual. But think about the after effect. Eventually others will hear or see your work, and not only will they be interested in sharing but also using. Users of the web should possibly think about copyright more often. If it is done wrong, it could cause them some time in jail for taking the original idea to claim it as their own. Fortunately we have access to fair use. Fair use is the act of copying but in the use of comments, critique, or parody of a copyright. In short, you can create a whole new idea using the original. For example, let’s say you really like a song by Imagine Demons and you want to tweak it a little. You decide to add some cool sound effects or maybe create a mash-up. Sounds cool huh? Well guess what? Congratulations you just mixed it to make it your own. You combined your idea with the artist or creator.
Let’s take a look at a locksmith. What does he do? Does he not duplicate the original key? Is that considered copyright? Their profession serves a great service to the community but do they have legal right to copy something original? While some keys are cut legally, others are stamped “Do Not Duplicate.”
That sounds familiar now doesn’t it? The comparison of copyright has its stamp stating “Do Not Duplicate” abbreviated or symbolized by ©. We see this in our school books, in movies, on a legal document, CDs and DVDs etc.
There are a few great points Larry Lessig made in his TEDTalk video. For instance Lessig states, “The importance of this is not the technique that you see in here.” Furthermore, he continues to say, “The importance is that, that technique has been democratized… These tools of creativity have become tools of speech. It is literacy for this generation.” Before Lessig states this, he presents a few clips that regale his audience. In this he is stating that technology is our new democracy. In everything we do today is done through the internet. We learn technology very quickly and so we are capable to transfer information.