Three Reasons to Think About Copyright #Mondayblogs

Sorry, but I couldn’t come up with a better title for a blog post I know will wander.

One – Books Copyrighted in 1923 are Now

“Open”

That is, they are no longer copyrighted and are part of the public domain, which means they are free to use and build upon.

Here is a list of the most popular titles:

Source: Duke Law School’s  Public Domain Day 2019

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Two – Why This a Big Deal

The U.S. Congress has kept these books in an extended copyright state for the last twenty years. Now they are free. “Google Books will offer the full text of books from that year, instead of showing only snippet views or authorized previews. The Internet Archive will add books, movies, music, and more to its online library.” And that’s just the beginning.

Three – Should Copyright Laws be Changed?

This is a huge issue. Copyright laws, developed in an analog world, struggle to work effectively in our present digital world. We can copy and paste someone else’s work in less than a minute.

Piracy is rampant.

I’m not a lawyer, but I am a writer with many copyrighted works. The copyright is a security blanket for me. I put months, sometimes years into a project, and I don’t want it stolen. If it is stolen I want to be able to do something about it. In short, I want copyright protection.  The question is: Is there a more effective way of protecting creative material?

What do you think?

 

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

4 thoughts on “Three Reasons to Think About Copyright #Mondayblogs”

  1. There isn’t a more effective way of protecting creative material, no.

    And to be clear on the sense of my comments, I’m a strong proponent of copyright and other intellectual property protections.

    The arguments that copyright “stifles creativity” just leave my jaw hanging. Writers must copy other writers to be creative? In what world does THAT make sense? LOL And it’s not like copyright is an impenetrable barrier to experiencing a work. Buy the damn thing if you want to read it. Sheesh.

    On the other hand, Eric Flint wrote an editorial on Baen Books in something like (the year) 2000, explaining in clear and convincing terms why digital piracy is that last concern any author should have.

    In the middle of typing this, a friend just drove up whom I am scheduled to do a bunch of work with today, so out of politeness I don’t have time at the moment to go dig that out. But find it and read it. It’s excellent information for every author.

    So yes, copyright your stuff. But no, don’t worry if digital copies float around. It’s unintentional promotion by theft. LOL Mr. Flint makes that all clear. 🙂

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    1. Hi Jim,
      Yes, I agree we need to copyright our stuff, I don’t worry about piracy as It goes with the territory.
      But, I do wonder if this last batch had to be locked-in for 95 years. Imagine all of the great spin-offs we might have had if the material had been available sooner. I also wonder if we can use AI to catch pirates.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and adding to the conversation. I love chatting with you.
      all the best,
      Jo-Ann

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      1. Burroughs has been copied ad infinitum anyway. Murder mystery solves are a dime a dozen, and you can either write a great mystery or you can’t. I don’t think Agatha Christie material under copyright vs. in the public domain means anything. And if anyone can write Wodehouse, it would have to be the reincarnation of Wodehouse. LOL

        So I’m not getting the idea behind the spin-offs you mention. Where would you see that going?

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      2. Hi Jim,
        People like me don’t want to play with copyrighted material, so I think there will be more spin-offs. I particularly like the fact that buying the books will become less expensive.
        all the best,
        Jo-Ann

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