The History of Copyright Law in the US

Ever wonder how and why copyright law came about? This interesting video will bring you up to speed. It’s pretty biased against certain aspects of copyright law, but is interesting nonetheless.

(via Reddit)

  • ChadWestover

    So, copyright law is so that we can get more books and movies? Cool. 

    Seriously though, ‘it’s pretty biased against certain aspects of copyright law’ is kind of an understatement.

  • Gavin Stokes

     So what are you saying here, do away with copyright law, make it shorter…whats the end point. Personally I want my work protected.

  • Guest

    Here’s a really wild idea: Come up with your own cool characters and stories!

  • Josh Zytkiewicz

    Even though I am a photographer I still think that copyright lasts too long.  Life plus 70 is crazy, and really only benefits corporations, or the rare individual (and his/her estate) that is EXTREMELY successful.  And even then the vast majority of money is made in the few years after a work is released.  Yes people still read Hemingway, but he’s not a best seller today.

    The other problem I see is it’s all or nothing when it comes to copyright.  Not only do creators get full control their original work, they also have control (and usually prevent) any derivatives.  Perhaps a two tiered system where the creator retains control of the original work for X number of years, but derivatives are allowed after half of X.  So, for example J.K. Rowling would control her novels for 50 years, but after 25 anyone could write a prequel, sequel, spin off, etc, using her characters and ideas.

  • Alessandro Casagli

    The point is that companies shouldn’t be the owners of copyrighted materials. Only persons should be.

  • Brianacre_1103