Theodore Yumba


Understanding copyrights and their importance.

We really don’t think a lot about copyrights and some of us don’t even hear a lot about it besides when we read the academic integrity and plagiarism section of our class syllabus. I remember the first I learned about copyrights was when I started playing those DVD. You would see at the beginning of every single one of the an FBI warning you that you might get in trouble copying or even displaying the content to a broader public without a proper authorization. Copyrights are in a lot of things, even living organisms. For example, a lab or a pharmaceutical company can own copyrights on a animal, a plant or even a molecule that they discovered or genetically modified.

In the first article The Digital History | Owning the Past, they talk about how the copyright came in place. An author wanting to keep the revenue from his book. When the copyright law first came in place it was only limited to a 14 years period with a possibility of renewal, all of that in order to promote the progress of arts and sciences. But later on, with lobbyists, the time of ownership increased and could even be passed from one generation to another. The it is funny to me that even what I’m writing right now is copyrighted and I can sue someone for stilling my work. Copyrights of digital products came in place with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA. It allows corporations to limit the use of their digital products and to restrict how we use it. It’s even the case for this WordPress Blog.

Alongside the copyrights are the Creative Commons , which are content that everybody can use without have to pay. The only thing required sometimes would be to cite or refer the author of the work. Creative Commons would be the best tools to use when it comes to our PEAK project. We’re doing our project on squirrels and we could use on of the website in the list of the 120+ Places To Find Creative Commons Media to find audio files on different species of squirrels.

We can also use Codes of Best Practices in order to include outside work into our project. The good thing about it is that it divide different methods accordingly to a specific type of work like journalism, communication and more.

I still have lots of questions even after reading these articles. The copyrights world has a lot of ramifications depending on the type of work, and I would like to explore that even more.

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