Concept Week 13

Rights of property and ownership: copyright to protect media productions

 Austin Merritt

Copyright was made to protect the creator’s idea, material, or production. The book says it is to protect and promote the art, science and other expression of the creator. Critics of copyright think it is unfair because it stresses more about the financial potential for the creator than protection of the material for its art content. Media productions have been fighting to expand the copyright laws to protect their content. The DRM, the Digital Rights Management, protects the copyright of the material. With the media today it is easier to abuse the copyright laws of the creators. Major court cases, such as the Grokster decision or Sony v. Universal City Studios, have set major standards in copyrights for media protections. The Grokster decision said that if a company had material that allowed the user to violate copyrights of another company’s media, then it is illegal. This was very controversial because it was based of the “intent” of the company’s media. The book mentioned how hard it was to judge the “intent” of the company’s intent for their media. The debate continues on where and how copyright should protect the creator of the media. It is seems to be a gray area. Both sides seem to be able to compromise and allow for others to share. Recently, copyright laws are letting up allowing for television shows to be streamed, music to be shared and other content to be expressed more freely. The reason that creator’s are letting up on the strong copyright laws is that they get paid from a fee the networks or websites pay for the use of their content and the creator is collecting popularity and recognition from the use of their product. There seems to be more of an agreement or an easing between the two parties about copyrights. This allows for the consumer’s to have more media without the high costs of copyright laws.

My example, found on USA Today, talks about how Apple Inc. lost a copyright fight against Samsung in the United Kingdom. Apple accuses Samsung of “copycat” tactics when making their Galaxy tablet. Apple has gone on to sue companies for breaking copyright rules in other countries including America. America sided with Apple for a phone dispute, while other countries like Germany and the U.K. have gone on to deny Apple of their copyright infringement claims.

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