The Protection Of The Citizen's Intellectual Property

1500 WordsMay 2, 20166 Pages
was 17th century philosopher John Locke who popularized the idea that the ideal government’s principle obligation was to protect the material property of its citizens, but perhaps just as important to the health of a nation, is the protection of the citizen’s intellectual property. Without the protection of intellectual property innovators and artists would have no rights to their creations, therefore no incentive to continue working on creating. To protect these men and women, lawmakers drafted some of the most important pieces of legislation in our nation’s history: copyright law. Copyright law guarantees that the rights to somebody’s works are held by the creator. This means that works that fall under copyright cannot be used, sold, or reproduced without the creator’s consent. This gives creators the security that their assets will not be stolen, and thus, creates and environment that encourages new innovation, and fosters artistic expression. However, copyright law today is deeply flawed, often achieving the opposite of its original purpose. Today, both individuals and large corporations use copyright law as a tool to stifle competition, and remove works that they may not like. They are able to do this through manipulation of politicians and holes in the law. From this, we have been left with a copyright system that fails to protect people from false copyright takedown claims, that has copyright terms that are much too long to be reasonably justified, and does not
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