A Copyright Will Protect You from Pirates. And Make You a Fortune.

Published sometime during the early 20th century…



11 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    An article on the history of copyright — and its huge, positive impact on economy and creativity throughout the centuries — could be interesting.

    Copyright is the single reason why Europe and the US have managed to produce so much more significant music, art and literature than the rest of the world.

    • troubler

      you won’t find much about copyright’s “huge, positive impact on economy and creativity throughout the centuries” because there is no evidence for that in any broad-based, historical way. First, copyright isn’t that old, its age differs by format, and what it looked like even 300 years ago is completely different to how it looks now (a 14 year term. renewable only for another 14). Federal copyright didn’t apply to sound recordings in the US at all before 1976, so good luck tracking its tremendous positive impact there.

      In fact, copyright has historically not been a factor in any creative industry until AFTER it has gained a certain level of size and industrial prominence. And the role it has played is complex, definitely not directly related to creativity.

      Creativity predates copyright, and copyright in its current or historical forms can’t be demonstrated to have an impact on creativity. It does provide certain kinds of rewards that can support infrastructure, and of course to the extent that artists make a living it affects creativity. But you could just as easily and maybe more interestingly talk about the impact of social welfare payments on creativity, or rent control.

      Also, throughout the centuries copyright has served different purposes in different places. For example, although you had, a couple hundred years ago, one set of interests advocating for copyright ownership within the US, the US didn’t enforce international copyright for years because there was too much of a positive impact to the US (culturally, creatively and economically) in being able to cheaply reprint foreign works.

      Lastly you’ll note this is an ad for a company that made its money advising people about copyright – therefore they have an interest in overplaying copyright’s role and encouraging people to seek their services (I wonder if they took a percentage of the royalties as well)..

      • Anonymous

        Global economy today is based on immaterial rights — yet it’s still possible to meet people like you.


  2. Anonymous

    The text is fascinating:

    “If you have a play, sketch, photo, act, song or book that is worth anything“.

    That’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?

    If you ever created something valuable, you’ll love copyright. If not, you’ll hate it.

    • Anonymous

      If you ever created something valuable, you’ll love copyright. If not, you’ll hate it.

      Only if you own the copyright on it. Many people work for employers that take the copyright of anything they make. Sometimes watching someone else making millions on your great idea.. it’s not a good feeling even though it’s totally legit.


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