The 21st Century of
Intellectually Property in the
The development technology has changed
the way these laws work.
Bolter said that “electronic communication is increasingly the
medium through which we form and maintain our affiliations
(Bolter 204),” and similarly, our ideas.
Technology overlaps “fair use” of ideas with
technology, blurring the once concrete laws of
copyright and plagiarism.
The intentions of these laws make
sense theoretically, but the result was
not cohesive to the nature of art.
Plagiarism is the use of words, art, music, etc. without
acknowledgement to the original creator.
Copyright infringement is the use of
others ideas without permission.
“The goal of all participants is free, cited circulation…with the
larger goal of creating new ideas and arguments from the fabric
of those already existing.” (Murray 176)
“If this is a crime, we have a
whole generation of criminals” –
Lawrence Lessig (RiP!)
“Attribution of authorship is the highly personal connection
between author and work, but the interest that copyright
protects is the impersonal connection between owner and
property” –Laurie Stearns (Murray 176)
Copyright has gotten out of control where the
main goal is profit, ultimately at the public’s
“We have the right to repeat people’s words
in order to hold them accountable, bring
them into dialogue, or use them as a
springboard.” (Murray 180)
“Just as apparently useless wetlands may be key to maintaining
a healthy environment, copyright “loopholes” are microclimates
that foster creativity, innovation, and democracy.” (Murray 180)