Our Preamble to the United States Constitution writes: We the People. So if that’s the case, then what’s mine is yours because it’s always been that way, right? Think again, bud. Today we’ll be touching on a very touchy subject of copyright law: all rights reserved versus some rights reserved.
What’s mine clearly isn’t yours.
The authors of our Constitution, in a twisted manner, ironically violated the entire idea of copyright by “heavily borrowing” this concept of copyright from the British Statute of Anne.
Who’s to blame? *cough cough* The hypocritical company that is Disney, who was established by the very concept of copyright-free work? *cough cough* We couldn’t possibly steal “food right out of George Lucas’ mouth,” could we? Heavens no!
We have but our predecessors to blame; the 28 year expiration date didn’t appear to be long enough, citing an inability to earn sufficient revenue over the course of nearly THREE decades.
THREE decades, just ONE decade shy of the number of years that the average American will spend slaving away behind a desk or a piece of machinery.
Let us shed a tear for those who have expended but a few years in the production of some multi-million dollar film. Oh boo, poor you—three decades isn’t enough time at all for you to profit after re-release upon re-release of your six-part series.
The Creative Commoners
You’ve seen this logo somewhere before.
Perhaps a creatively royal pain in the a$$ to most staunch copyright advocates, the creative commons domain was established by a nonprofit organization (Or in essence, by, “We the People.”) to permit the distribution and modification of intellectual property with one catch: you can’t attempt to sell the idea or logo and expect monetary compensation. This backlash has inspired a slow but progressive movement to promote creativity and growth among the commoners. Listed below are some creative commons participants:
Go ahead and explore these useful links that were referenced throughout the post: