Copyright Philosophy

by anna on January 18, 2012

in Anna's Blog

Today I became Facebook friends with a wonderful artist and designer Jana Roberts Benzon. Her Crumpled Brooch was the very reason I decided to try working with polymer clay. This wonderful piece combines shape and color in a highly original way. So, naturally, I was inspired by her work. That takes us to the next point.

Today, January 18, is the day to protest against the SOPA act, in which I participated. I did sign the online petition as well. This silly law put me in a philosophical mood and got me thinking about its true meaning (mind that I’m a lawyer with 14 years of experience who actually did participate in law-making in the past).

First off, if any use of copyrighted materials was to be disallowed – where does it leave us? I mean, human kind. Supposedly, we were created in the image of God (“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” – Genesis 1:27). So, only the very first people were legal copies of God. Production of their children He did not authorize; thus, we all have to be terminated as pirated copies of God if we were to follow the logic of SOPA.

Next, all dolls have to be immediately destroyed – they are even worse, they are copies of illegal copies! Prehistoric men got the right to raise from the dead and sue all existing artists, going like “It was my cave painting idea! You have no right to use it!” Even as I’m typing this, I’m violating copyright – of the one who designed and created the font in which I’m typing. The Gray’s Crafts font was designed and created by me; this one was not.

Finally, all my work created in polymer clay has to be terminated – because the idea initially was not mine; I was inspired by Jana Roberts Benzon’s beautiful creations. Now what about the art instructors and their students – teaching the ideas that most likely were executed in the past and then recreating these ideas. Our whole society is built on the fair use of copyright. Even the very word “copyright” was coined by somebody back then. I’m not sure this person has authorized us to use their word.

We all posses a precious gift – a gift of thinking. Do not let the madness prevail.

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