Copyright…right?

I didn’t realize that work could be stolen and unrightfully reused until recently. Recently I posted a small text post on Tumblr, that got close to 200 notes which really isn’t much but is much more than I have ever gotten before. I was upset when I saw that by the time the post ended up back on my dashboard my credit has been removed. It was a bit childish but I felt like I came up with this great thing and I wasn’t getting credit for it. But that opened my eyes to realize that I have in fact been doing that same exact thing on tumblr. I reblog so many photos that don’t have their credit linked to them. If I can get so upset about something as simple as a text post I can only image how people feel when their images go viral and their credit gets lost in the internet. Now I have this irrational, unlikely fear about what if something I make goes viral and someone tries to pass it off as their own work. While reading an excerpt from Cory Doctorow’s book “Second Law- Fame Wont Make You Rich, But You Can’t Get Paid Without It” I came across a quote that caught my attention.

“Put it this way: it makes perfect sense that the lawyers at Universal Studios should have to talk to the lawyers at Warner Bros. when Universal decides to build a Harry Potter ride. But when a twelve-year-old wants to post her Harry Potter fan fiction or the Harry Potter drawings she made in art class on the Internet, it makes no sense for her to negotiate with Warner’s lawyers.”
I’ve read countless articles on copyright rules and regulations and yet I feel like I still don’t have a very strong understanding of it. Referencing the quote, it makes perfect sense for Universal studios to consult with Warner bros before making the Harry Potter ride because that will bring Universal a large amount of money and since Warner brothers helped to create that film its only fair that they receive credit as well as a cut of the profits that the ride brings in. Although it doesn’t make sense for the child to be charged for creating Harry Potter artwork, what if that artwork became extremely successful, would warner brothers want a cut? From what I read and understand the wont want a cut, but I guess I dont really undersand why? If money is involved don’t they always want a cut? Since I’m becoming an very active web user and I’m uploading more and more content of my own I will have to find the awnsers to these questions. When I do I will update this post, and write about my findings

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