Did you know that the United States authorized its first copyright law in 1790? The 1st United States Congress wanted a way to promote learning and creativity by protecting people’s creative work. Copyright law protects the creators of books and other writing; art and sculpture; music; architecture; and visual works such as movies, television, stage, and theater shows. For a set amount of time, copyright law gives the creator the sole right to publish, reprint, and sell their work; other people cannot duplicate, distribute, or sell the creator’s work without permission. After that time passes, the creative work belongs to the ‘public domain’ and can be used freely.
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The Copyright Act of 1790 granted creators 14 years for their copyright with the right to renew for another 14-year term. The duration of copyright has since been modified many times.
The goal of the Copyright Act of 1790 was to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts”.
The basic rights protected by copyright law are: reproduction of the work, distribution or transmission of the work, public display or performance of the work, and preparing derivative or following works based on the copywritten material.
Copyright law protects expressions of ideas, but not ideas by themselves. For example, an author can copyright a story about time travel, but they cannot copyright the idea of time travel.