A Digital Armageddon

Essay by zcoolxp April 2004

download word file, 4 pages 4.1

Downloaded 50 times

What is a Copyright? Copyright is a protection that covers published and unpublished literary, scientific and artistic works, whatever the form of expression, provided such works are fixed in a tangible or material form. This means that if you can see it, hear it and/or touch it - it may be protected. If it is an essay, if it is a play, if it is a song, if it is a funky original dance move, if it is a photograph, HTML coding or a computer graphic that can be set on paper, recorded on tape or saved to a hard drive, it may be protected. Copyright laws grant the creator the exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform and display the work publicly. Exclusive means only the creator of such work, not anybody who has access to it and decides to grab it. In this day and age it is very common to see wars going on with copyright and piracy.

Some may say that if they purchase whether it be CD's, software, or games that they are entitled to make a backup copy in case their original gets scratched or broken. But what exactly are the laws on this? According to Robert A. Starrett digitalproducer.com in CD audio duping, the fact that an entire CD is reproduced from an original that the consumer bought with the understanding that he or she had an unlimited right to play it, wherever he or she pleased, as many times as he or she pleased, and in whatever order he or she pleased, should not prevent the purchaser from claiming that it is a fair use to change the order in which the tracks are played for convenience's sake or added listening pleasure. What you are doing is, in effect, "order...