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Copyright is one of two laws that protect intellectual property.
The other law is industrial property, like patents and trademarks.
Copyright automatically arises whenever you create an original work.
Copyright protects the original expression of ideas, not the ideas themselves.
There is usually a time limit, typically 50-100 years after the creator's death.
There is allowance for fair use of already-created works (e.g. non-profit educational use, only small amount used, sufficiently transformed). YouTube [UK] examples of fair use are here.
If you write a book or song, it is automatically copyright to you.
If there was no copyright, someone else could take your creation and market it better than you and make lots of money from it.
Then you, the creator, have no money for your work. Not only is this insulting, it can also lead to poverty.
But what if there was a Universal Basic Income and creators were not really dependent on clutching onto copyright to secure their survival?
Like physical property, intellectual property is very connected to the existing money system.
So, we can expect greed and selfishness and a system that does not prioritise the welfare of all things - instead privileging the very deep pockets of a few.
Further, when we consider that all is from God and of God, we can say the only one who has claim to ownership is God.
God has made everything Public Domain = No Copyright.
But greedy humans and corporations have scurried to claim ownership.
Elsewhere I describe my desire to transform this money system into one based on Love. As I am not a lawyer, this article is not a legal angle, but one that comes from Love.
I seek to transform a part of this money system.
By removing Money from the intellectual property equation and adding Love, do we need laws like copyright? My answer is No...
So I really do not like the separatist philosophy underlying the earthly system of intellectual property and any property.
In a selfish, capitalist world I can see why it is needed.
Creative artists need it, as in this system they need money - otherwise their work is stolen and the thieves get the money.
But it really favours the big guns who monopolise creative works.
It is so anti-Unity, so anti-Love.
Why not give people a Universal Basic Income and do away with copyright and all intellectual property law and all property law?
The same kind of philosophy in schools or universities is called cheating or plagiarism.
In these institutions, cheating and plagiarism are heavily condemned.
Again, for me, this does not align well with a humanity that seeks to uplift and help one another.
If someone does not know the answer, surely I must share my knowledge with them. I am not a cheater. I am a sharer. As long as my intent is pure and good - NOT for personal gain, like status or money.
Why have we created this disconnected society?
Imagine being in a survival situation and refusing to disclose how to survive as it would be cheating (or plagiarising or somehow break copyright law).
Surely above all else we must share and strive for equality and material security?
Surely we must create a system on Earth that reflects that in Heaven?
Surely at the foundation of Law, whether that of God or Caesar, must be Love?...
Until that time - when the system shuffles off the dead skin of things like capitalism and copyright - we must to some extent live within its confines.
Just be aware that it is not ideal.
Surely the most important thing is that good ideas get out to humanity, to heal humanity??
Life is mostly about co-operation and sharing. This is an evolutionary truth. Copyright restricts this.
Why can’t we live in a world where money interests are removed and where song and word and Love can flourish without being enchained by copyright?
Quotes on Copyright
A copyright is a limited monopoly to control commercialization of a copyrighted work. It’s designed to create monopolies... (Kit Walsh)
The Copyright Office has been clear that "social dance steps and simple routines" are not protected by copyright law. (BBC, posted 1 November 2018, accessed 16 January 2019)
It becomes very difficult when every building block of culture becomes somebody's property in a way that can exclude people from using it. (Thomas Kadri, a fellow at Yale Law School, New York Times, cited at BBC, posted and accessed 16 January 2019)
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to." (Jim Jarmusch)