It has been under debate whether copyright does harm or brings good to us. Theoretically speaking, copyright acts as a catalyst for the protection of intellectual property such as computer programs, music, sound recordings, films, literary and artistic works. In Australia, copyright is automatically applied to any work that is an original creation and not a duplication.
Speaking of the positive aspects, under copyright protection, owners can prevent others from reproducing, remaking or remixing their work without obtaining their permission and from selling these rights to the others. It is obvious that nobody who makes a living out of writing or composing music wants to have their works copied for profit. Besides, if you have an original idea of creative work, it possibly ends up having substantial value in the long term and may even potentially bring financial benefits.
On the other hand, copyright is believed to act as an obstacle to creativity. In reality, copyright is supposed to be a tool of supporting creativity at first. The issue, it turns out, is the main features of copyright seem to be straight against creativity. As I mentioned before in my last blog, copyright prevents remix culture from growing. Thus remixing has barely opportunities to go viral. Take Vietnamese singer Son Tung MTP as an example. He is a very popular Vietnamese pop singer with catchy songs composed by himself. However, recently there has been some scandals around him relating to plagiarism and copyright violation. Though there are several beats and rhythms believed to be quite similar to those of US-UK songs, there has been no evidence of him ‘stealing’ others’ artworks. Even if there is, does it mean that copyright just prevents talented people from remixing creative, quality products?
Furthermore, the current laws are suggested to be outdated in the digital age. In reality, copyright laws interfere with the process of filesharing between individuals on social media. Imagining there are some moments you would like to share with your friends and family but you are prohibited from doing so due to copyright; or when you film a video of your journey and you want to put some music in the background but it means you violate music copyright, how are these things bothering you?
No matter what copyright influences, I believe the laws would still function well in the society. Anyway, copyright guarantees owners’ rights on their products. From my personal perspective, I think it is not the copyright laws that are to blame but it is high time governments loosen the policy of copyright so as to make the most of it.
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