By definition, copyright is “the exclusive right to copy a creative work or allow someone else to do so.“ Copyright protects thousands of things we see everyday, such as artwork, literature, and even broadcasts. Web programs we use, the books we read, and the logos we are bombarded with everyday are all protected by copyright. There are economic benefits to copyright, for it ensures that the right person gets credit or gets paid for their work. Recording at concerts can get you in trouble from security, because the performer’s performance is protected under copyright. When copyright is broken, people can find themselves in some trouble. Although copyright does a lot of good when it comes to respecting creators and paying credit where credit is due, it can cause a lot of problems and confusion. In Canada, a copyright will protect something for as long as the life of the creator, plus fifty years after their death. After those additional fifty years, that work becomes public domain. Libraries and museums can display and distribute works without the creator’s knowledge, and are allowed to do so because of fair dealing.
As you can see, copyright protects many things, and there is many exceptions and components to copyright that are confusing to the average person.