Copyright: the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 70 years after his or her death.
Yes, copyright creates exclusivity and inhibits creativity.
Can you imagine if copyright existed during the Aboriginal Dreamtime? Sacred stories would have been lost in ownership and never passed down generations.
Copyright impedes the creative process of expanding and revisualising another persons idea.
It is understandable that artists, companies and other visionaries would want credit for their ideas and be able to control and protect them. However, the extent to which copyright and trademarking is enacted today is astonishing.
Take Disney for example. Most of Disney’s iconic movies are based on fairy tales written by those before such as Charles Perrault and The Brothers Grimm. Although Disney’s movies are a child friendly take on the fairy tales and Walt Disney cannot take ownership of the originals… he can still copyright his own versions and in doing so, restrict any further interpretations of the fairy tales that are remotely related to Disney’s version. Which is pretty much impossible.
Copyright has created conflicts forever, but developing technology and the internet create even more issues over the law of ownership. Copyright laws surrounding technological developments such as 3D printing are lagging. 3D printing, in which people trade designs online and print them from home, raises questions over the purpose and functionality of copyright in the online world.
As Julie Samuels states in the video below, “It doesn’t make sense for how we use and share things today”
In a world where anyone can consume, produce and share content on the internet… old school copyright laws don’t adequately reflect the nature of creativity today.