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Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry

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Have you ever thought about how a composer or a writer makes a living? This course will explore the history of creators becoming professionals. You’ll learn how copyright law developed from the idea that an artistic work is the property of its creator. You’ll discover how advances in communication, beginning with the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, have enabled the growth of the creative industries. We’ll also consider why the latest digital technologies present both opportunities and challenges for today’s copyright holders.

This is an introductory course open to anyone with an interest in history and copyright. It might also be of interest to anyone in the creative and cultural industries.


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  • Anonymous
    This course shows the thinking and motivation behind copyright protection through an interesting journey over history and helps us understand why it matters to everyone.
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    Peter Strauss
    An essential overview of the history of copyright for anyone working in the creative industry, this course gives proper context to many of the terms and contexts we use in our day-to-day activities, often not realising where they come from. While I did not finish the complete course when it first came out, I had the privilege of learning many of the concept from the author herself and it has brought much needed depth to my understanding of intellectual property and copyright.
    Can't recommend this enough !
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    Elisa Eis
    Very good walk through the historical events that led to the creation of copyright laws and it's development. The course also helps us understand the challenges of the digital Era.

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