Should ideas be considered property?
I regularly upload photography onto Facebook knowing that they are generally unprotected from being copied and reused by others. I’m proud of a select few and would like to be sure my name is associated with them, but for the most part, I don’t mind if they are being recycled. I have not yet made an effort to protect the photos I’d like to keep for recognition, and before this course, I was unaware of creativecommons.org and other public domain options which I could contribute media to.
What makes this all so tricky is opportunist litigation, when lawyers troll vague copyright and patent laws to make a buck. Copyright infringement has become so common, but it’s not always the case. Naturally, we create new innovations based on transforming past ideas into something new resembling the old. Innocent ideas and creative work may seem similar enough that you would only imagine that they’re a knock-off, and are quickly brought to court. Despite the frequent copyright infringement lawsuits; I think these laws, even as ambiguous as they are, serve a greater purpose in discouraging legitimate thievery.
Should ideas be considered property? I’d say yes. I think it’s important to not only protect and reward the originator’s work, but to encourage further innovation. Copying another person’s work is not only illegal but unethical. Yet, sometimes the creator is indifferent to weather or not their ideas have been copied, and that should be their choice. Owners should be sure to take caution and responsible measures to protect their work.
It may seem like a hassle at first for those, like myself, who have been careless about where my media has come from. I understand the importance of being prudent with copyright laws and I would like my work to be an example for my students and the followers of this blog. Thanks for bringing this to our attention Professor Katz.
This is a link I have been reading up on how to protect my ideas and original work on WordPress- http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/4-ways-to-prevent-image-theft-in-wordpress/.
Thank you Professor Steve Katz for recommending this video, “Everything is a Remix,” for some perspective on the topic.