Most artists have concerned about to get a copyright license for their works. As we know it is a necessary step for everyone to protect their creations. In article “Copyright or wrong“, Simon, a British writer, has provided the most basic rules for copyright. By reading his article, we can redefine a clearer image of copyright.
What is the exact meaning of copyright? Copyright is a protection for one’s original works, such as arts and scientific discoveries. Copyrights prevent those original works from being copied, accessed or grabbed by anybody.
As a Copyright holder, has the ownership of one’s works and the right to get profit from it. According to Simon’s opinion, copyright is being created once you produce something artistic, it could be a writing, drawing or photographing etc. A writer, who holds a copyright, has the right to recreate his or her writing into whatever it was desired to be, as well as has the right to let other to use that works. In addition, it is also allowed if the copyright holders want to transfer the rights to other people. Even though, writers might get profit from selling their copyrights, they will definitely have opportunity cost of losing their own works.
Basically, copyrights laws in each country are different. For example, a writer can has right to retain their copyright for 70 years long in UK. It is reasonable for people who create master works.However, in U.S cinema and photographic works have a minimum period of protection of 50 and 25 years upon the date of creation, respectively.
There are two type rights that contain in the copyright for writers. According to author’s explanation, First the Serial Right, which is a right for the writers to allow magazines or similar organizations to publish their artistic works. Second, the Electronic Right, which is an offer for websites to use their works.
The copyright laws are not perfect, there are still many vague areas. For example, Simon mentions about the fair use among copyright law in UK.”If a poem has 4 lines, and someone quoted 1 line, it begs the question – is quoting 25% of the text ‘fair use’? A novelist would be upset if someone quoted 25% of their novel! This is why it can get tricky”It is hard to distinguish what is fair use, and what is not. On the other hand, there is no copyright in titles; however, some distinctive titles may be subject to other forms of legal protection, such as a trademark. Moreover, there is no copyright in ideas or plot. The most confusing rule is that HTML coding, web pages, and blog stuffs cannot be copyrighted. For example, if someone copy HTML file from one web page to another web page, this case will not be claimed copyright. And also a blogger does not need to register a copyright license for one blog post, because it is occurred while him writing it. However, if someone write HTML coding and design web page, the idea of page will be applied to copyright.
(Resourse from Professor Lockman’s Scoop channel)