Copyrighting is everywhere you go, even if you don’t notice it. A copyright is a law that gives the owner of a written document, musical, composition, book, picture, or other creative work, the right to decide what other people can do with it. Copyright laws make it easier for authors to make money by selling their works, because of copyright, a work can only be copied if the owner of the copyright gives permission. That’s why it is needed.

I think copyright should be given a lot of consideration, because sometimes it can be a very fine line between sharing legally, and illegally. Copyrighting does change in some countries.  So your going to want to research the government laws on copyrighting for that country.

Now their is something called Fair use, and this is an exception to the rules of copyrighting. This means that people can copy a very small amount of a work to use in reviews or in research reports. An example of fair use is when newspaper writers quote several sentences from a copyright-protected document to tell their story.

In  Larry Lessig’s TED Talk How creativity is being strangled by the law. I learned a lot about copyright, and the history of broadcasting. A quote from his lecture that I felt compelling was when he stated at the end “Ordinary people live life against the law, and that’s what we’re doing to our kids; they live life knowing they live it against the law” I found this compelling , because we as a people do stuff even though we know it’s the wrong thing to do. I myself is guilty of doing things in my life that I know was wrong , for instance buying bootleg movies, or downloading free music from one of those free downloading sites. A lot of people have the mindset that the author or composer or actor is rich; what I’m doing isn’t going to impact anything. Our kids learn from us, so we must set a better example.  Copyright does matter. Don’t break the law!

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