Before copyright, content creators had no property claims on their intellectual work. People could share and use content as they pleased and as a result people lacked incentive to create things.
In 1886 the Berne Convention was founded as a way to protect creators work from being distributed freely.
“The core of the Berne Convention is its provision that each of the contracting countries shall provide automatic protection for works first published in other countries of the Berne union and for unpublished works whose authors are citizens of or resident in such other countries.”Berne Convention
Now, the Berne Convention has over 100 member countries. Now, almost everyone on the planet is creating their own media due to the huge rise in technology and social media. People have the opportunity to create whatever they want and claim it as their own. Without copyright, the media would not be as wide spread and informational as it is today.
Creative commons is designed to allow creators to share their work under their terms. Many people want to share their work online but still want to have some control over how people share and use it. Creative Commons gives these people the opportunity to get a free online license that allows them to decide how others can distribute their work.
Despite having access to copyright and Creative Commons, it is important to remember that the media still has a hold of everything that is ever posted online.
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Creative Commons 2021, “About the License”, viewed 13 May, <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/>
Process Arts, “Creative Commons Licences Explained” viewed 10 May < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZvJGV6YF6Y&t=1s&ab_channel=ProcessArts>
Mitew, T 2021, ‘Algorithmic control I: Intellectual Property and the Content Control Industry’, online lecture, BCM112, University of Wollongong, viewed 10 May 2021, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=S6k1Lx6I9r0&feature=emb_title&ab_channel=TeodorMitew>