What is Copyright? Why Does it Exist?
Copyright: • Provides incentives for people to create culture • Gives creators some control over their work • But also puts some limits on that control
What would happen if there were no such thing as copyright? • What would happen if there were no limits to copyright?
No protection for creators’ work stops creativityBUTToo much protection also stifles new makers’ creativity
Copyright law has built in several ways to maintain balance: • Limitations on the amount of time something can be copyrighted • Limitations on the amount of time something can be copyrighted • Fair Use
Seven Categories of Copyright Laws Literary works Musical Works Dramatic Works Pantomimed and choreographed works Motion pictures and audiovisual works Sound Recording Pictorial, graphics, and sculptural works
Public domain • Permission • Legal exception • Fair use