Watch This Short Video on the History of Copyright

August 13, 2015

10:00 pm

I really hate having pull quotes on this (and, similarly, hate much more that it’s something from Confucius) – because, well, that’s a bit trite and I really don’t like having to this – but I think it’s apropos when thinking about the state of copyright in our current system. Per Confucius (probably wrongly attributed – I don’t know): “Study the past if you would define the future.” In order for us to evaluate what will work for the future of copyright, we must turn to copyright history.

In the short video below commissioned by, we learn a little more about the origins of the copyright, why it was created and what it initially did for innovation, as well looks into the future of the copyright and how we can continue to encourage people to create while not stifling that innovation. Copyrights, trademarks, patents, and all talk surrounding intellectual property has been an important aspect of today’s world. In order for us to address the failures of the system, we must first understand its origins.

Here’s the video on the history of the copyright:

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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