Copyright is mess, I’ve tried to think of one positive thing to say about it and I honestly just can’t find anything. The only thing copyright protects is whoever claims an idea first -not the always artist, not always the people who helped make it, just whoever claims it.
Big companies like Disney could crush a small business or youtube channel that posts even a small five second clip of one of their movies. The biggest issues here is Walt Disney isn’t even alive anymore so why should someone have the rights to an old movie that was made before I was even born if they didn’t even do anything for that movie other than claim it? If anything, the people that use the clips are helping them by getting their audience to think about the movie and possibly convincing them to see it again. I’ve never seen people get so mad over free marketing, many small artists would kill for a short clip of the their movie/novel to be seen on another persons site that might have a bigger audience than they do. Copyright is a gold mine for big companies to take down small artist’s work -even if their idea is only slightly unoriginal- and squeeze all the money they can out of them.
To me, I think most people who copyright claim are hypocrites. People just can’t own ideas, if someones thought of an idea, I can 100% guarantee that someone else thought of it before they did. Its not fair for someone to put a c on an idea and hog it so no else can branch off with it to create something bigger and more amazing. It’s about greed and giving people cuts they don’t deserve.
Copyright promotes capitalism and doesn’t really look at the bigger picture of promoting others to work on new ideas -some of which could potentially be life changing for some people. However, it all could be delayed if people have good ideas and decide not to go through with it because they don’t want to deal with copyright issues. I think we need to get rid of copyright and focus more on the products rather than ideas. If someone tries to sell someone else’s product then obviously they should be punished for that, but if someone has a slightly altered idea and uses it then just leave them alone. People should have the right to build off ideas and no one should ever be suppressed for it.
One of the things that irritates me is when people who support copyright think that people who built off their ideas are lazy. Are they really? Or were you just waiting for someone else to take your idea and make it a better idea so you could claim for yourself even though you didn’t come up with the better idea, you just made the original. Competition is good, having someone else build off an idea will help consumers get better products. Then the person who thought of the original idea could look at the new idea and then branch of that one. Successful business works by allowing people to compete along side you, not trying to shut them down by taking their money. And again copyright will not always protect the people who came up with the idea just whoever claims it first.
For those of you who still think copyright is okay remember that most investors actually lose the race to patent office and someone else who didn’t even come up with the idea usually ends up profiting off of it. These are the people who don’t contribute new ideas, these are they people who don’t try to branch off and create new things for others to enjoy. They’re more focused on trying to take money from somebody and claiming products rather than making new ones.