Re: copyright history and internet copyright
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Posted by Stephen L. Anderson on April 05, 2001 at 02:26:41:
In Reply to: copyright history and internet copyright posted by Bobby on March 22, 2001 at 12:20:20:
Copyright is a form of protection provided to authors of "original works of authorship", including literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, graphic arts and other creations.
Copyright protects the author's original creative expression as contained in the work but DOES NOT usually extend to any idea, procedure, process, method, system, discovery, name or short title or slogan.
Copyright protects the basic rights to publish creative works or reproduce copies among other exclusive rights to the author or owner.
Since ancient times, the right to control copying of authored materials has existed.
Under Roman law, the right to control use of an authored work was determined by ownership of the work itself.
“and therefore if Titus has written a poem, a history or an oration, on your paper or parchment, you and not Titus are the owner of the written paper.”
Under such law, the owner of the paper had superior rights to even the person making up the words or drawings.
Until the invention of the printing press in the middle ages, in order to copy a work, the text had to be recopied by hand.
Like the internet, the printing press brought on many challenges for the copyright owner.
The First English (U.K.) laws involved Queen Anne who extended letters to favored publishers which granted them a monopoly over the reproduction of certain works.
Even our own founding fathers recognized the importance of copyright.
U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8 grants to authors and inventors the right for a limited time to have exclusive rights to exploit their creations.
No doubt that author, inventor and Federalist Thomas Jefferson who served in the Copyright Office had a significant impact in ensuring such rights.
Congress enacted the first United States Copyright Act in 1790
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PLEASE NOTE that while I welcome you to use this information as reference material - IF YOU "COPY" any part of the above and reprint into your homework assignment - you will be guilty of plagiarism - and if you reproduce it without further permission by this author, you just might might even get sued for infringement. ;O)
Good luck Bobby - get an "A"!
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