There is a very good reason why Microsoft paid 8.5 billion dollars for Skype (shameless plug to my emerging technology). possession is nine tenths of the law, and copy right is the big bad wolf that stops the little piggies from copying somebody else’s creation. In our society copy right is a good thing as it encourages original content. However before copy right a lot of societies most timeless creations were envisioned  by artists such as Shakespeare, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Copy right and plagiarism are opposing forces, this can be related to star wars (copy write to Lucas ltd.) where copyright can be seen as the Jedi knights and plagiarism as the dark side. While in some circles copyright law has the popularity of JA JA Bynx  It serves to protect creativity and continue a flow of content from the producers. However the dark side (plagiarism) has pulled more and more people over to the ways of the Sith.  This includes many prosumers who have treaded the fine line between being a young Padawan and a Sith apprentice. Prosumers who create consumer generated content often break copyright law by their use of material.

In cases Plagiarism can be ver vague very vague indeed. Theres a lot of instances wear comparisons can be made to certain materials  such as the Flintstones to the honeymooners. The issue of copy right and ownership of original material was even addressed in the Simpsons in the seventh season episode “The day the Violence Died” when it was revealed that the idea of cartoon violence and itchy the mouse was stolen. This resulted in the original creator receiving an 800 billion dollar settlement.

In a more serious tone a reason behind the debate of copyright is found in the loveable face of mickey mouse. The Disney company is the main campaigner for the amount of corporate copyright to extend (120 years as of writing). This is because they don’t want there well known and profitable products to enter the public domain I.E Mickey mouse being the face of a tampon advertisement . This raises the controversy to how long someone should retain ownership of a material such as character or script etc.

Control of a product is important for both the owner and to encourage future creations. But in todays digital era it is harder to control with so much consumer generated content breaching copyright and so many platforms to do so. This asks the question we need an alternative such as creative comma?

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