Class Reflection #6

May 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm 1 comment

Before the industrial revolution, making a copy of a document or book was not an illegal issue, at the contrary it was a carrier. The act of copying was an act of recording data and make improvements. According to James Griffing in The Rise of the Digital Technology ” Meritocracy”: Legal Rules and Their Impact, “In regard to written works, this culminated in the development of the ‘Scriptor’. The Scriptor was an individual who was skilled in making immaculate and precise copies of the text in pre-existing works.  The scriptor became an important individual because of the difficulty in making copies of works, but also he could add extra graphical elements additional to the original text.  Again, the more skilled the Scriptor in using the technology available at his disposal, the more successful the Scriptor was likely to be”.

If a beautiful piece of art was created as a result of copy/added material (that back then was not illegal), then this means that as a result of copyright law, this will no longer be possible.  This means that a piece of art created by an  individual artist, will only offer the beauty created by one author, but how many wonderful pieces have been created as a result of the addition from other authors to the same piece of art?

What defines beauty?

Side Note: There are many wonderful pieces of music if added to a good quality podcast program, together they make a wonderful piece of audio, however many of this music is copyrighted.  Therefore, sometimes it is easier to create your own music, just to avoid infringement or to pay high fees to use a copyrighted piece of music.

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