COPYRIGHTS PROTECTING CREATIVITY.
To begin with I am going to define copyrights in order to be able to further discuss the topic. A copyright is a form of protection provided by the law to protect people’s original creative works. The main question here is whether copyrights protect or hinders innovation and creativity. In my opinion copyrights do not hinder innovation and creativity, but compensate people who create works for their talent and hard work (Levy, 2003).
Some might believe that copyright does hinder creativity because in order to come up with new creations we will always be copying off, or editing something that has already been produced. Without copyright laws inventions would have been developed faster.
This is not true. In simpler words copyright does not protect what you said but how you said it (Carlisle, 2014). So furthermore copyright protects the way people portray their original ideas but not the idea itself. For example a series called “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” is obviously inspired by James Bond movies, the series had the same elements that these movies had but the plot, location, theme are different. So in that case the laws of copyright did not protect the elements in James Bond but they protected the way they delineated their theme (Carlisle, 2014). In that case, I think the laws of copyright were fair because having an agent, a criminal organization, and gadgets to help the agent were ideas that were not copyrightable but the way the director of James Bond portrayed these ideas were copyrightable. I believe that copyrighting the way they portrayed these ideas was their right in respect of their effort, creativity, and hard work.
Another example I read which was really convincing was about the two cartoon characters Daffy Duck, and Donald Duck. They both share similarities, but they are not substantially similar and this proves that a copyright on both would not prevent anyone from creating a new cartoon with a Duck. This also shows us how copyright works. It focuses on the details, the plot, the theme, the setting but not on the idea itself. To me this is fair because we can all have the same idea, but the way we express it is personal and different and this is why portrayal of the idea is copyrighted rather than the idea itself.
The same applies for films. How many times have we watched a movie about a boy who meets a girl and they fall in love. Imagine copyrighting this general idea, many movies wouldn’t have been filmed. So that is why the only copyrightable elements are scripts, the words in it, specific scenes, furthermore the application of this idea but not the idea. This is extremely fair because if not many people would be stealing for example the portrayal of a love story and claiming it their own.
People should be respected for the effort they have put in order to come up with a creative, and an original work. Most of the ideas we have come from an origin, and there is probably an already produced work that shares similarities with our ideas, but if we did not copy the idea as is, and we are able to express the idea in different forms, and alter the main elements then we would not have any problem with the copyright laws. After all if we were copying something else exactly as is, then we wouldn’t be creating something new. Being creative means delineating an idea in a very creative, original way that has not been produced before. So let’s assume that I came up with an original creative portrayal of a revenge story, and wanted to film that, would I have a problem? Definitely not, since my idea of portraying that revenge story was new, and hasn’t been made before, then I can claim it mine and would not have a problem with the laws of copyright so therefore copyright does not hinder creativity, but it protects the application of ideas, and innovations.
I believe that copyright laws that protect specific expression of ideas are essential because without these laws there would be chaos. People would be able to copy any work and that would definitely destroy the creator of an original work. For example a copyright on Mickey Mouse doesn’t hinder you from becoming creative and making a cartoon about a gregarious mouse, on the other hand a copyright on Mickey Mouse hinders you from stealing the mouse’s name, outfit, colors, plot, setting and all the details that developed Mickey, but it doesn’t stop you from making a cartoon about a mouse.
In order to make things clearer there are so many people who believe that copyright protects more than it actually does. Since patents are not part of our topics, I will be discussing them briefly. To those of you who believe that copyright laws are too strict, you are mistaken. Patents protect inventions, and abide by stricter laws towards protecting innovators, and inventors but copyright laws protect the basic law of every person who thought of a creative, specific application of a certain idea.
In conclusion copyright gives creative people their rights in order to protect their original portrayal, or interpretation of an idea. It also helps people protect articles they have spent so much time and effort on in order to write, photographs that required talent, and hard work, and more artistic works that in the first place belong to the creative innovator who came up with these unique works, and expressions. Copyright shouldn’t have a negative effect on people because if they are not stealing someone’s personal work then they are safe, and if they are then they deserve to be punished for that. After all, copyright exists to protect people’s rights not to hinder creativity and innovation because there are artists out there making a lot of effort to produce original works and they have the right to protect what they have produced.
King, T. The Disadvantages of Copyrights. Retrieved from http://info.legalzoom.com/disadvantages-copyrights-23119.html
Levy, M. ( Jan, 2003). Copyright: Legal Issues You Need to Know. Retrieved from https://www.videomaker.com/article/c18/9195-copyright-legal-issues-you-need-to-know
Carlisle, S. (June, 2014). Copyright Stifles Innovation And Creativity! (Says The Internet): It Doesn’t; And Here’s Why. Retrieved from http://copyright.nova.edu/copyright-does-not-stifle-innovation-creativity/