In short, all ideas created by individuals are subject to copyright and the monopoly of its creator. This is because theoretically, in the absence of fear that an individual’s ideas can be stolen, human creativity and innovation will flourish .However in realty, by attributing this idea of copyright to one of natural common sense, Industry owners are using this facade to continually expand their control over ‘intellectual property’ whilst ironically undermining its theoretical benefit entirely.
By using Prezi I have gone into more depth about copyright’s fruition and its true effects despite its goal of innovative encouragement.
If you watched the Prezi, it should be clear now that because all ideas, no matter how original they may seem, are reformations of other ideas. Theoretically we are all subject to copyright infringement; Copyright is not enabling but strictly limiting an individual’s ability to create.
Thus effectively what is happening is, whilst industries are utilising their exclusive rights to use a same idea over and over in order to maximise revenue (for e.g in a series of Hollywood Blockbuster films like Harry Potter) citizens are made to pay, sometimes very highly, to merely access and/or view the ideas that their use facilitates worth in. It doesn’t make sense right?
Something needs to be changed.
Lastly in one last brain bubble of thought (just to prove how illogical copyright has become..) if Copyright really makes copying ‘not right’, then shouldn’t it be called Copywrong?
Thanks for reading,
P.s If you’re still in a little bit of a muddle as to what copyright actually is, this video may also be helpful to watch;
Content (in Prezi and Post):
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