Essay The Copyright Office

1680 Words May 6th, 2015 null Page
“Article1, Section8, Clause8 of the constitution gives congress the power to make laws: to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited time to authors and inventors exclusive right to respective writings and discoveries” (U.S. Copyright Office). Formerly, claims were registered by clerks of U.S. district courts, however in today’s time the Copyright office is a separate department of the library of congress. The mission of the Copyright Office is to promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system and since 1870; the Copyright Office has registered more than 33,654,000 claims to copyright and mask works (U.S. Copyright Office). From Michael Angelo’s David to Michael Jackson moon walking across the stage. With the technological advances of this world along with people’s ignorance of the law artist work are purloined (Van Doren, Peter "Intellectual property"). Having erroneous intentions and access to a vast variety of resources, people are illegally downloading and distributing works without the proper rights. A person’s art reflects who they are, their idea, and their identity so stealing this is much the same as stealing the person themselves and as it remains written in the law kidnapping is a federal offense, which stands as to why it is extremely crucial that the government enforces copyright laws. Copyright laws are necessary for the protection of artists and their work, but Enforcement of these…

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