With the holiday season here and an extended vacation on the horizon, I’ve been finding myself a bit less motivated and energetic than usual.
But, rather than let PT go silent today I decided to do what some students do, pay someone to write my article for me! After all, I can go on Fiverr and have someone write the paper for me for $10 ($12.50 after Fiverr fees) and agree to “Transfer of Copyrights” in the work.
So, I did exactly that. I’m not going to identify which user did it (though it may not be difficult to figure out) but I am going to copy and paste his work below with the only changes being me resizing the subheads to fit on this site.
Tomorrow, I’ll loop back on this and talk about the process and how smooth/difficult it was. I have a full post on that for later. Today, I wanted to give the floor to my unnamed ghostwriter.
So, without further ado, I present to you my article today entitled “History of Copyright”
History of Copyright
A look at the copyright background reveals that the world’s first formal copyright law was passed in Britain in 1710, known as “The British Statute of Ann”. However, the full title of this law is incredibly long, known as “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books in the Authors or purchasers of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned”. If we take a closer look at the history of books in the distant past, we find that the first regular publication of the book is between 618 and 907 AD, which was published in China (McDermott, Joseph P. (2006). A social history of the Chinese book: Books and literati culture in late imperial China. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-962-209-782-7). While almost every conscious person knows that the printing press was invented in 1440, after which a revolution of reading, writing and printing books took place in the world. Despite the invention of the printing press and the proliferation of books, the world was deprived of copyright for 270 years.
What is Copyright
Copyright law is not limited to books and writings, but its scope is very wide in United States of America. Architectural, audiovisual, literary and artistic, best edition, compilation, computer program, device, digital transmission, display, establishment, financial gain, food or drink of any person, company, organization and any other such work performed by the person, company, organization or institution itself is protected under the Copyright Act. That is, no one else can take credit or benefit from this work in his/her own name. Violation can result in a fine of $200 to $120,000 or 5 years imprisonment. It should be noted that the fine does not include the plaintiff’s lawyer and other court expenses that the plaintiff may demand.
History of Copyright in US
Copyright law came into force in the United States in 1790, the basic structure of which was influenced by the British Statute of Anne 1710. The founders of copyright law limited the period to 14 years for the protection of authors, during which time copyright law remained in force. That is, the author had the rights to the book for 14 years after the publication of the book, after which the author had to renew the rights for another 14 years. However, 40 years after the law was enacted, the term was extended to 28 years, and the law remained in force in the United States for the next 140 years. Then, in 1976, the United States introduced a new copyright law, according to which the author’s publication would be protected under this law, either for 75 years or for the author’s life and an additional 50 years. Later in 1998, a new change was made in the law called the Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended the period to 120 years. This law is also called the Mickey Mouse Protection Act because it was enacted after the first commercial success of the Mickey Mouse cartoon. According to the fourth set of copyright clauses in the US Constitution, the purpose of this law is to give authors and inventors exclusive rights to their works and inventions in order to promote the progress of science and useful arts.