what is a copyright?
- make copies of your work;
- distribute copies of your work;
- perform your work publicly (such as for plays, film, dances or music);
- display your work publicly
To make a copyright official you can register online for a small fee
History of Copyright
Copyright literally means what it says, the right to copy
· Copyright all started in England when the printing press was made
· When monopolies of printers and books started, Congress knew they had to do something
· It only covered books for a while
· Later copyright law covered topics such as maps, performances, paintings, photographs, sound recordings, motion pictures and computer programs
1790- George Washington passed the First Copyright Act. It was to protect the works of the author’s for up to 28 years.
1831- Musical pieces could be protected
1909 – Technology such as sound recordings, movies, and computer programs have been passed
1990- Architectural pieces can be protected
Since 1998, works can be protected for 70 years after the author’s has died
The U.S. congress has made an impact on other countries with their reform on copyright.
George Harrison, from the Beatles was accused and sued by Bright Tunes Music for plagiarism. His song “My Sweet Lord” had similar musical elements to “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons. It took five years for the case to be resolved but in the outcome, Harrison was found guilty of copyright infringement.