Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Copyright research

Copyright research 

What is copyright? 

Copyright is an exclusive right that is legally given to companies, groups or a single person, or whoever is the originator of a single thing. This is found very commonly in music, when an artist creates a track, they are given a document to sign that would bind a song to the original creator. So if someone would like to use the song in another project such as a film, the people involved with making the film would have to get in contact with the artist of the song who would make a decision on whether or not the creators of the film were able to use the track within their film. 

Why is it important? 

Copyright is extremely important for both the originator and the person willing to use the piece of music, art etc. There is one reason why it is very important for the originator of something, if someone were to want to use their piece of music, art etc without the originator claiming copyright on it, the person who is deciding to use it could possibly pass it off as their own piece. So this keeps people from stealing pieces of music, art etc from their original owners. It is also important to the person who is using the song from the actual artist and not a pirated or fake copy of the piece of music, film, art etc, another reason for it being important for the person receiving the music as if they are caught illegally downloading a piece of music they can in fact be charged a large sum of money as it is a criminal offence.

This is the universal sign for copyright that will be shown on any piece of music, art, software and many other things that has copyright claimed on it by it's originator. An example could be a music artist creating a song and placing a patent on it which means that if someone were to copyright this piece then they would be in trouble for it, a patent is almost like a form of insurance for the originator of the piece of music.

For our groups project, in order to avoid the copyright law we are not choosing to use anything related to the copyright law. We shall generate our own music on a program called garageband.

A real life case I found on the internet of someone being punished for their piracy, a man who worked for a small time company thought he could be kept under the radar of the FBI however when he was caught pirating software he had to pay a fine of what he had actually copied which came up to $270.000 and also had to pay a fee due to not complying with copyright laws which came up to $500.000. As you can see the punishment fees are massively expensive, however sometimes you aren't just fined a sum of money, depending on how serious the offence is, judges often hand harsh prison sentences to the offenders of the copyright law.

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