We have only known a time where copyright has existed. Nowadays anything created is automatically protected by copyright whether it was intended or not. According to ‘The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance’ the duration a work is covered by copyright laws are 70 years after the author’s death, or, if the work was anonymous, 95 years after publication or 120 years from the creation (whichever is shorter).
The real question is- Is copyright a good or a bad thing? Copyright is said to protect an artist’s intellectual property and without it there would be no such thing as an ‘original work’. However, with more and more of the public being accused of copyright infringement, it seems as though we now live in a world where everything we do we first have to ask permission, our culture is becoming less and less ‘free’. We now live in a time where ‘the big C’ has put a hold on creative innovation limiting us from moving forward as a society. There has been a recent incident where ‘Youtube flags cat purring as copyright infringing music’. It almost seems that we have become such a restricted world (creatively) that without even thinking of an idea we are at risk of violating a copyright infringement- “We’ve tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas” – The Simpsons.