Copyright laws are there to protect the owners of works from other people taking credit and monetary value from their ideas. But when do copyright laws go too far? I believe that the current laws of work’s becoming public domain 70 years after the creators death, and things like YouTube videos being taken down because a certain song is playing in the background, limit creativity and innovation rather than encourage it. In the following video Lessig uses many examples of YouTube videos and how this influences the today’s culture and what this means in terms of copyright.
Copyright laws should allow creativity to flow instead of stunting their growth. Of course there is a need for some kind of copyright otherwise things could go backwards, and potentially no one would create new ideas in fear of not getting the right recognition and the deserved financial benefits. Although the laws should not be as harsh as they are, companies and creators should be allowed to protect their ideas but after a shorter amount of time these ideas should become public domain so other innovators can use the ideas to build on and create bigger and better things, allowing society to move much at a much quicker pace in regards to innovation.
There are loads of ridiculous examples of people being sued for copyright violations, like this one for example an artist being sued for painting origami patterns, or that now unlocking your smartphone is a criminal offense. Copyright laws seem to have just turned into another way to make money, I think we need to take a step back and look at why they were originally put into place.