Copyright didn’t even exist, but why does it now? This is all due to the concept of Control. We live in a society where major players try to control, both the channels and the content contained within them.
If verbally someone repeats your words/ideas they are taking intellectual property. It doesn’t have to be written down. From the moment you say something that information becomes yours. Before copyright came out people had no property claims on their work, which led to replicas/ taking of ideas to create them as their own. Now you must wait 70 years after the author’s death, corporate authorship is 120 years after the creation of the content or 95 years after it has been published.
The copyright system is useful in the way it acknowledges those who create the content. For example, intellectual laws protect the platform ‘Snapchat’. Individuals are unable to copy/reproduce any sort of content, related towards this product.
One-way of controlling the way individuals access content is. ‘Fair use’ this is defined by oxford as “the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder”. For example, we are only allowed to copy 1 chapter or 10% of a book.
This includes, (EULA)- End user license agreements and (DRM)- Digital rights management. These are also both concepts allowing owners to control users ability. For example “When you send or receive messages using the Snapchat services, we temporarily process and store your images and videos in order to provide our services”. This shows that even though we have purchased the application for a free price, the company still has control over the usage of it.
“ is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally.” This is accessible to everyday users.