While most statute law is dry and technical, understanding copyright protection law is ultimately to our own benefit. The next few pages feature useful copyright information.
These are the main points to get our heads around in the somewhat abstruse world of copyright protection.
There is no real need to feel intimidated by the complexity as you follow through with research and study.
We should instead feel a little annoyed that so much time wasting complication and financial burden is required to regulate such an intelligent species as we Humans.
Even more so when Moral Integrity offers the simplifying and viable solution.
While these main points apply universally, the details can differ between Countries and Jurisdictions.
This compilation of useful copyright information can be used as a
generic check-list, but it is imperative to refer to your own
jurisdiction for certainty.
This discussion is based mainly on my jurisdiction of Australia, which in turn is based on UK Westminster law. And is subject to a number of Trade Agreements with other countries, in particular the “Free” Trade Agreement with the USA.
Increasingly though, Copyright Protection Law is becoming standardized throughout the World.
Whether a producer or consumer of creative effort, not
understanding Intellectual property law can be compared to driving on
the road without a driver's license and no knowledge of the Road Code.
It really is that important. It is no fun to work in the dark.
Woven as it is into the fabric of our everyday lives, we owe it to ourselves to learn how Copyright Law affects us and the far reaching consequences of not playing by the rules.
Over time, laws have evolved with our attitude towards one another.
Changes in our behavior will be reflected by changes in the law. For better or worse.
Understanding this presents every consumer with a great opportunity to influence legislators for the better. Simply by treating each other's intellectual property with respect.
Prudent peace of mind in the world of Intellectual Property is the goal of these pages.
While applied knowledge may well be necessary to attain power, passive knowledge can bring one security of mind. By being aware of the basics of copyright protection you know and understand both your rights and responsibilities. And where to go when you need information or advice.
Check-list of essential useful copyright information.
As complex as this subject is, from the stance of Moral integrity, which is what Personal Development is interested in, it can be reduced to a number of common points no matter where in the world one is based.
And further condensed into that single word mentioned above.
One's moral integrity offers the best, most complete copyright protection available.
While guidelines are essential to educate and inform, the deeper one delves into the complex and confounding depths of various Intellectual Property Protection Acts, the more apparent the practical nature of moral behavior makes it's spirit and importance felt.
Much complexity is employed in attempts to anticipate the actions of the (relatively) few who would cheat their way through life.
The fundamental purpose of Copyright Protection is to prevent cheating, and can be stated in the following two simple sentences.
A product must be original, that is, it is a work produced from one's own intellectual abilities. And, if we wish to incorporate another's intellectual effort into our own, then we must obtain their permission to do so.
Pretty much all artifacts Humans produce involves Intellectual effort and the practice of targeting every instance for specific treatment under an umbrella of Intellectual Property Rights, as appears to be happening, seems somewhat of an overkill. When a moral attitude can achieve the desired result of respect for each other, more effectively.
From a moral perspective we can all help each other to lift our collective game. Peer pressure is already taking effect in this sphere.
Copyright protection is a two way street. It protects others rights by insisting we do not copy, and if we sell a creative product, it protects us by insisting the purchaser has only bought a copy of that product with no reproductive rights attached without our express permission.
This protection applies to all expressions of the mind.
The medium used to express an idea is irrelevant, as is the medium used to disseminate that expression.
Willing cooperation along with fair and just laws lubricates our interactions and assists in creating an equitable society.
Fair and just laws can only come about via an expanded state of being. An expanded mind derived from Personal Development.
With the thoughts expressed on this page foremost in our mind lets take a look at the most useful copyright information.
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