Copyright, a common concept that has been thrown around amongst inspiring creators like myself, but its actual meaning has always been a bit vague and unclear. This weeks lecture explained this concept and gave me a better understanding of what copyright is and how it can protect my future works.

What is it?

According to The Oxford Dictionary, copyright is,”the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material”.  In short terms, copyright serves to protect creativity of any form as long as it is original and in a tangible medium. In saying that though there are things that are not protected under copyright such as, ideas, styles, techniques and information. For example if you were to write an outline of an idea down for a movie, the text you wrote down (tangible form) would be protected under copyright, but if someone were to go and make a movie with the same idea it wouldn’t be infringing your copyright of the written text.


What I found to be really interesting when reading this lecture was that for your work to be protected under copyright it doesn’t even have to be published, as soon as it is tangible it is protected. And also the fact that no form of registration is required or any fees or application, as soon as your creative work is produced it is instantly protected. When considering copyright in regards to my own discipline of film, it is crucial. It is often forgotten that the film industry is one large business, thriving on the money of moviegoers and buyers. Copyright laws ensure creatives within the field that their work is protected. In saying that though there are many other concepts that correlate to copyright, including inspiration, plagiarism and stealing. Many highly regarded filmmakers use inspiration from previous films and directors in their own works. The big question is where is the line drawn?  When is it considered to be copyright? These are the questions that I will continue to think about in my own works.

In conclusion, this lecture provided me with a greater knowledge of this concept, and has made me think about copyright in a new light. The bottom line is copyright stops anyone from stealing or ripping off my work and from now on when I see messages like this pop up I’ll be more aware of what they mean.



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copyright – definition of copyright in English from the Oxford dictionary. (2016).

Copyright Infringement. (2015). Mashable.

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