Kathy Valunas: MAC week 1: Reading Reflection
As I listened to the 10 myths video and the copyright basics that Joe Bustillos provided, the issue about how long a copyright lasts (lifetime+70 years for an author and 100 years for a company) triggered more questions that needed further investigation. I started thinking about all of the various pieces of fine art as well as illuminated manuscripts, and music that might fall outside of this guideline. For example, what about music written before 1900 such as: Bach to Brahms (ca. 1700-1900) or the use of a Requiem or chamber music for background music in a video for education? Or how about the masterpieces created by Donatello (1386-1466), Michelangelo (1475-1564), and da Vinci (1452-1519) all who died before 1900? Then there are the logo designs and the very beginnings of branding from the 1700 and 1800s such as family genealogy coats of arms or the coca-color script used for the logo/branding by John Pemberton in 1886 (Bellis); would these still fall into the category of copyright if one wanted to use those works to create something new for another purpose. Would we still have to gain permission from family members because the original copyright holder was no longer living, to use these items? And what about literature and a variety of authors such as TS Eliot, Virginia Woolf’s essays, or Shakespeare (circa 1558-1939)?
Your blog post made me wonder who owns the right to publish Michelangelo’s work. I’ve stumbled upon a lengthy article about copyright relating to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Frescoes. The article is written by Charles Eicher and is titled How to copyright Micehlangel: From the Borgias to Bill Gates, I learned from this article that in some instances copyright laws very from country to country.
“The original artwork may be in the public domain, but a photograph of that artwork may be copyrighted as a new unique work.” -Charles Eicher
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