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Copyright and Culture Notes: Sept 12, 2006 New Bills: Copyright Modernization Act of 2006 : About streaming video and music. - Orphan works : works that have copyright, but owner is “lost” Readings: The right to read : fears that everything (copyrighted works) will one day need permission; including books. William Gibson article : pertains to how famous authors borrow a certain amount in every work. He fears that in the future, it will be eradicated by current copyright law. Remix culture: a recent explosion of culture where creators and users are one and the same. Consumers “remix” pre-made culture and dish it back out. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - FINAL: Instead of a final paper, make a mash-up. Create a trailer for a movie, or something else using past works and remixing. Examples: Beauty and the Beast Beautician and the Beast ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Statutory law: The laws that the legislature passed. Common law: Based on precedent, passed down through courts. Questions: -What are the rights of authors? -Do authors have a natural right to their work? -Or is it because there is a statue that says so? -What is the impact of the public domain? France has the most laws backing up natural rights. 1440: The printing press is created. Copyright in England: Copyright existed as a business practice, and no wide spread of passed laws; but each book had specifics laws for itself. Used copyright to promote Protestantism, and stop Catholicism. The crown gave inventors letters of patent, it was a way to give favors of the queens friends, and bring business to England. But, they thought it was too broad, so they set the patent so it only existed 14 years. 21 if you already have invented the invention at the conception of the law.
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In 1710, England passes the statute of Anne, which gives rights to authors or purchasers. It gave the authors rights (finally) and creates public domain for copyrights. It created the 14, and 21 year rules. The beginning of the acknowledgement of intellectual property. After 21 years, the battle of booksellers begins (which lasts 40 years) because of the statue of Anne. There is rioting in the streets, petitioning, and protesting occurs. 1769: Miller vs. Taylor. (A Kings bench decision.) Decided there was a common law right to books. This was the first real case. It was later overturned. Donaldson thought that ideas were yours and yours alone, UNTIL you publish them. Then you release your to the public and it is no longer yours. Lord Camden: believed that some ideas are meant to be owned. Today, the distinction that was been created is dichotomy, ideas cannot be held, but
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