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Should we amend the copyright law to mandate that violators take creative courses?

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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Should we amend the copyright law to mandate that copyright infringers including accidental infringers of copyright take creative classes like courses in art, design, etc. as part of their rehabilitation so that they can stay away from infringement in the future? Should the government also provide funding for creative projects to help promote creativity like as stated in the Constitution since many widely used creativity tools are quite expensive?

I feel that our country is not doing enough to guide people away from using other people's works illegally without permission and therefore our government should provide creative funding for interested persons in order to help with the cost of creating these protectable creative works since the tools required to create most copyrightable works are quite expensive (The expense of Adobe's Creative Suite comes to mind) as well as creative guidance and appropriate supervised rehabilitation for those who are currently serving time for stealing and profiting from others' intellectual property so that they can stay away from the behavior in the future.
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Balaria Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Copyright laws are already ridiculous. No need to make them any more so.
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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
OK. :)
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Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
No, if anything we should redo patent law for better consumer protection.
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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
OK. That would be even better. :)
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
No. There is no link between people being creative and people respecting copyright law. I guess most people on DA who use Photoshop have pirated it, for example. The number of people who don't understand creative commons at all, even though they're using it, is also staggering. So there is no reason to believe that this measure would help at all.
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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Yes. I just thought I would bring up a point.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I just realized that I hadn't read your post fully, and not replied to the second paragraph.

I am against government subsidies for creativity tools. Nobody needs the Adobe Creative Suite to be creative. It does make it easier, and I think it's worth the money (especially the comparatively cheap student edition), but people can also make art with GIMP, if they don't mind a lot of pain. Similarly, good cameras are expensive, but people can make great pictures even with iPhones.

It has never been cheaper to be creative than today. Most kinds of creativity are free today; they only cost time. So I don't really see a need here. Of course it would be nice to get CS 6 for free, but that isn't the job of the government.
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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Thank you. I guess most people would not need this kind of help. I still thought it would be helpful because of the premise that those who are serving time for violating copyright law can step into an intellectual property owner's shoes and see why infringement would be against the law, but it is not needed.
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DoctorV23 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I think copyright law should be amended to apply to what it was originally designed for: protecting the rights of the author or creator of an original work, something which has sadly been almost forgotten today thanks to the distortions and misconceptions seen in something like SOPA which confuses the distinctly different legal concepts of property and intellectual property.
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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
OK. :)
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I think we should teach kids about copyright laws in art class instead.
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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
OK. :)
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
That a way, the kids have a better understanding.
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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Yes. :)
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Only a few kids take an art class and some schools don't even have much, if any art classes because of budget cutbacks, so that only helps some kids.
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ssensory Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Writer
At my school, it's required to take art classes from elementary to middle school, but in high school we have to talk at least one art class.
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
It depends entirely on the school. There are many who have had to drop art classes because of budget cuts or have them only as electives.
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ssensory Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Writer
...that's why I said "At my school". XD
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Then then it didn't matter.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Actually it is required in elementary schools. Maybe in middle school.
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
A creative course is for teaching people who to do things in art or design. They don't teach copyright law. If you want to teach people copyright laws, then you send them to a law school or seminar.

The problem is we don't have any (or just very very little) education on copyright laws in our primary schools. You might get a 10 minute lecture from your Government class teacher and that's about it. The expectation is that people will learn this stuff in college, but unless you're going into a law school, most kids never get any education on copyrights. They have to figure it out on their own.
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divine--apathia Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
photography course*
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divine--apathia Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
In my photography class, we had a class dedicated to law...
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
So you had a single class session and that's it? What about all the people who didn't take Photography?
The biggest problem is waiting until people are adults to start teaching them copyrights and that the teaching is short and inconsistent between schools.
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divine--apathia Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No, it was a photography course, with a class dedicated to privacy laws/copy right/artist rights/insurance etc. We also had a darkroom class, a photoshop class, art theory class, etc etc etc.

I'm not sure how the other courses where run.
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
So you're saying you had a class several weeks or months long dedicated to copyrights, right?
That would be good, but unfortunately I don't think that's really done anywhere other than law schools or universities that make it an elective course. I just looked up both of the community colleges I attended when I was younger and neither has a course like that. One of them offered a section of a Literary course on copyrights, but I don't know how much they would go into that stuff in class. I doesn't look like it is something for other majors either.

But this is what I'm saying. None of them are consistent and it shouldn't be left until college (which not everyone goes to) for people to learn and fully understand copyrights.
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DoctorV23 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Well said. Not only is there a lack of education in schools on the subject, I think there is a good deal of misinformation handed out in various forms to deliberately confuse people.
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NathanKoepke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
OK. :)
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
*teaching people how
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