Copyright and Plagiarism By Pat, Mike, Dan, and gavin

What even is copyright?

Copyright is a law for original works of authorship in the U.S. Constitution. Many things can be copyrighted such as; movies, songs, poems, and novels. The copyright law protects the written down or expressed facts and ideas, however it does not protect the facts and ideas themselves. The duration of copyright is the authors life plus 70 years. The owner of copyright is the author of the work. Giving someone permission to use your work.

What is public domain?

Public domain is when something belongs to the public and is not subject to copyright. You can mostly find them with older stuff, because newer books and articles are usually copyrighted. For example, Shakespeare’s books are in the public domain but any remakes such as Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio is not because their creator has not been dead for more than 70 years. A work is dedicated by using CC0 which means that it is now in the public domain.

Wikipedia is an example of public domain
What is fair use?

Fair use is the law that under circumstances, copyrighted material may be reused even if not given permission by the owner. Fair use fits with copyright, because fair use is the taking of the copyrighted material and using that to criticize, comment upon, or make a parody of without the permission of the owner. Fair use is recognized as commentary, criticism, or parody.

fair use

Creativity builds on the past because almost everything is an advanced or updated version of something that was started. For example take the app Snapchat, it started off as just a way to send a picture to your friends, but then the designers had to get more creative, so rather than recreating it, they updated it to get stickers, geotags, and the dog filter. To be creative means to solve a problem in a different way than everyone else, to think outside the box.

think outside the box... be different

A remix

The new content of a remix changes the old because it is a different version, and can have new meaning. It suits a different purpose because it is changed from the original to become something else. A remix in my opinion is not plagiarism because it is changing or adding things to something.

Does copyright hinder or cultivate creativity?

Overall, I believe Copyright does not hinders creativity but rather cultivates it because if we don’t copy one idea and make it to our own way of thinking than maybe the product won’t come out or we have one thing that can be boring and can’t see the point of it. Copyright makes new invention.



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