Group Reflection

After reviewing and studying Shia LaBeouf’s case the group agreed that he should have been punished for his actions. The government makes it clear what the consequences and sincerity of copyright infringements are.  Therefore Shia shouldn’t be exempted. Shia apologized for his use of plagiarizing, but was it no different from the reason to what he was using to apologizing. Meaning he used previous apologies from other people to use to apologize to Daniel Clowes.

Global Issue Study Guide Questions

Questions

  1. Which court case upheld the power of Congress to make a grant of copyright protection subject to conditions and rejected the doctrine of a doctrine common law copyright?
  2. What was the first copyright law?
  3. TRUE OR FALSE: it is legal to plagiarize in America?
  4. In what case did the decision held that it was a fair use for libraries to photocopy articles for use by patrons engaged in scientific research?
  5. In 1831 how many years was copyright protection extended to?
  6. What was the 1983: Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp. v. Crooks?
  7. In what important document of copyright was this stated in: “the Congress shall have power . . . to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”?

 

 

 

 

Answers:

  1. 1834: Wheaton v. Peters
  2. The 1710 Statue of Anne Act
  3. FALSE
  4. 1973: Williams and Wilkins Co. v. United States
  5. 14 years
  6. In this case the District Court ruled that making off-the-air copies of publicly broadcast television programs does not constitute fair use even if it is intended for a non-commercial and charitable purpose
  7. The constitution in 1787 in Article 1 section 8

 

 

 

 

 

I learned through this project that copyright and the first amendment seek the same thing but on a different bias. The first amendment protects the right to express yourself in a certain way and copyright protects the right on who and how it those ideas can be distributed.  I think that in the future the law will adapt more on having copyright and the first amendment to come together. As for the case it should have ended differently. I felt like Shia got away with copyright.  He took someone idea and try to make it his own. He may have apologized but the still didn’t make it right.  The government makes it such a big deal about getting copyright on our ideas and when we have it and other steal the idea those people aren’t punishable.

How this applies to me

Copy righting applies to largely when it comes to school work. Often times we are given assignments and the first place we go to look for information is the internet. With so many ideas and views it’s easier to get an assignment done when you have all of that help. The problem is I have to be careful that someone else’s ideas don’t come out looking like my own. It’s completely okay to agree with someone and even share their ideas or views as long as I cite my sources. Citing where I received my information can be tedious work and a lot of times it’s easy for me to forget because I’m either not paying attention or simply forget when I’m done with my own work. The consequences to forgetting can be great. I can receive a low grade on my assignment or even be expelled depending on how extensive my plagiarizing is. As a student it is important that I remember that I need to cite any idea or work that I publish or hand in that’s not my own.

Cases of copy right laws

1834: Wheaton v. Peters
The case upheld the power of Congress to make a grant of copyright protection subject to conditions and rejected the doctrine of a doctrine common law copyright. For specifics on the case view (http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/33/591/)

1841: Folsom v. Marsh and 1853: Stowe v. Thomas

These cases are commonly considered to be the first fair use case in the United States. For specifics on this case view (http://www.yalelawtech.org/wp-content/uploads/FolsomvMarsh1841.pdf)

1973: Williams and Wilkins Co. v. United States
In this case the decision held that it was a fair use for libraries to photocopy articles for use by patrons engaged in scientific research. For specifics on this case view (http://fairuse.stanford.edu/case/c487f2d1345/)

1983: Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp. v. Crooks
In this case the District Court ruled that making off-the-air copies of publicly broadcast television programs does not constitute fair use even if it is intended for a non-commercial and charitable purpose. For specifics on this case view (http://fairuse.stanford.edu/case/encyclopedia-britannica-educ-corp-v-crooks/)

Begining of Copy Righting

The first copy right law goes back to 1700s with the 1710 Act name the Statue of Anne that established the principals of author’s ownership and a fixed term of protection of copyrighted works for fourteen years, and renewable for fourteen more if the author was alive upon expiration. In order for an author to receive any pay for their work the had to assign it to a bookseller or publisher. The next big step for copy rights came through the constitution in 1787 in Article 1 section 8 where it states “the Congress shall have power . . . to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” This act would soon be revised several times later on
In 1831 the years of copy right protection was extended from fourteen years to twenty eight years, with possibility of a fourteen year extension. 1886 the Berne convention basically set the ground work for international copyright laws to be similar in different countries, in 1891 a bill was created in hopes to enforce the ideas that were discussed in the Berne convention. In 1909 the copy right act was revised again making the copy right protection to twenty eight years with twenty eight year extension.

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Nyajaha’s Reflection

Learning about this case made me realize how serious copyright infringement is.
One person could be fined between $200-1500,000, who has that much money? I know from reviewing this case that when it comes to using other people creative work I need to give them recognition and make sure the reason for the use of it is clearly known.