Argument and Analysis: Copyright and the 1St Amendment

Journalism & Communication
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Name Professor Name Class Date Argument and Analysis: Copyright and the 1St Amendment According to McLeod, the corporate world has led developments in copyright law, which favors curtailment of fair use. Fair use is another side of the copyright law, which aims to protect innovations by encouraging them through reproduction and use of parts of copyrighted material (Public Law 112 - 131).


McLeod uses many different examples, domestically and internationally, to prove his point. Though McLeod rightly claims that our rights under the 1st Amendment have been curtailed through a rise in copyrighted material, he is wrong to include in his arguments gathering and protection of personal information for homeland security purposes. Developments in the use of copyright have privatized previously public information and technology. According to McLeod, privatization of available knowledge and technology has progressed so much, that even the radio spectrum has been sold off by the Western governments, despite the fact that the electromagnetic spectrum used be at disposal to everyone (226). Even pictures of famous buildings, such as the Chrysler Building in New York City, are copyrighted (McLeod 230). Artists are not allowed to use them as part of their larger work without paying fees under the copyright law. Thus, copyright laws hinder their freedom of expression. Moreover, privatization has gone so far that even previously public spaces have been privatized. In 2003, the American public was preparing for another Gulf War. Steve Downs, a lawyer, entered the Crossgates Mall in Albany in order to shop as usual. ...
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