Copyright Law Day is celebrated on January 1 and was created for the creative people that America is so rich in. It is impossible to imagine how we would live without the law … We would have to quarrel and fight for creativity, figuring out what belongs to whom. This is not the most fun holiday, but it is important: today you will have time to think.
In 1710, the first copyright law, The Status of Queen Anne, was passed – this happened in Britain. It applied only to books and was rather meager, offering 14 years of legal protection. In 1787, copyright protection was written into the US Constitution to promote scientific progress. Thus, there were more authors, new works were created that made a profit. At that time it was quoted on the territory of the state – now the law is standardized, no matter where in the world you are.
The most global violation today is piracy. It is spread around the planet like a dangerous virus. Copying works, free downloads… According to statistics for 2014, the film industry is losing more than 20 million dollars due to Internet pirates! It is difficult to count the number of people engaged in illegal activities. Now the legal authorities are trying to deal with this, creating whole raids.
It is curious that:
- The photo sent to the photo bank passes the most stringent checks: the resource is a guarantor for obtaining a high-quality and legitimate image;
- the most unusual trial touched a photograph on which a monkey flaunted. It is recognized as public property, because the animal captured itself on its own;
- the song “Happy birthday to you” belongs to the Warner Music Group, who earned more than $ 5000 per day on it;
- “uncopyrightable” is one of the longest words in the English language.
How to celebrate
The best way to celebrate Copyright Law Day is to thank the developers of some program, game, application… Don’t use free pirated versions – buy them for a set price. This also applies to watching movies: visit the cinema, and do not download new items on the Internet.
When is Copyright Law Day celebrated in 2023?
Copyright Law Day is observed on January 1 each year.