I'm sure the first question you might be asking is what in the world is copyright law day? Well it's just as the name suggests! January 1st, the first day of the year when authors of all tangible mediums, such as books, paintings, etc, give their thanks to the copyright law. This is an international observance holiday and for good reason. Copyright Law holds value because without it, many authors of today's world would be lost. So celebrate Copyright Law Day and show that you respect and appreciate the Copyright Laws.
What is copyright?
Well, according to the Google dictionary, copyright is "the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same." Copyright is essential to any author as it is their legal right to distribute their stories, music, and artistic work, allowing their masterpieces of all kinds to be spread to many people. Stories have been around for ages within mankind. The pinnacle point that mankind grew themselves was on the basis of stories. If we were to remove stories of any kind from mankind, we would be cripples without them. Thus, for us to appreciate our efforts to protect those masterpieces, it makes sense to praise the very law that allows us to protect them!
When was copyright even made?
Copyright was branched from the printing press back in 1662, with England putting a vice grip on the publications of the printing press due to the sheer number. This would have continued on until 1695 where the government grew slightly relaxed with their censoring of publications. In 1710, however, authors were finally able to gain the rights of their work, creating the first true copy right under the Statute of Anne. Though, despite having a copyright over their work, the authors were still placed under a minimal benefit of the work, as they had to assign their work to a publisher instead of selling it to a publisher/bookseller.
Thankfully, the United States, along with Canada, opted to make changes to the copyright laws established by the English government. This led to several changes in the constitution and even court cases, spanning from 1787 to 2014. Back to back debates have gone on in order to ensure copyright law was fair and safe to all authors. It is thanks to copyright that we are able to enjoy many books by Stephen King, Edgar Allen poe, J. K Rowling, and many many more. Even thanks to copyright we can enjoy movies like "The Avengers," "Star Wars," and so much more.
How can copyright help me?
Copyright can help aid you and protect your work from being stolen from you. It also allows you to safely distribute your work across platforms to give your voice an echo. Reaching your audience in the safest manner possible for you to protect that masterpiece, and what better way than to have your copyright in place. Thus many authors are thankful for their copyright as it allows them to have not only the profit of their hard work, but it also allows them to have the safety and reassurance of their work. When you don't use copyright protection, many of the cases that can happen to your hard work is simple theft. Thus, Authors of all shapes and sizes are grateful for copyright, if you are ever to be creative with your work, then by all means of having protection, use copyright.
Celebrating Copyright Law Day
Internationally, authors of every kind are appreciative of the copyright laws, thankful that it protects their creativity. But most of all, it helps bring out the creativity of other authors. Without copyright, there would never be anything new for us to enjoy. With that in mind, give thanks to copyright laws and show appreciation for the laws in allowing to enjoy the new ideas of others by celebrating Copyright Law Day.