This weekend premiered the illustrious Fifty Shades of Grey, and the critically acclaimed author of the book took all the credit. What people are failing to recognize is that Twilight Fans wrote the book and she changed a few words and just stuck her name on the cover. Is this copyright infringement? Or can we truly call it her own work. She is someone who took what others wrote directly and published it as her own work. Her characters are stolen and her plot is developed by everyone but her.
Last but not least Rick Ross, infamous rapper and producer. Did you know that Rick Ross actually took his personality from another dirty south rapper? He was an up and coming nobody rapper in his area, and when another rapper Rick Ross who was well known in his community was run out of town and killed, he stepped up as Rick “Ricky” Ross and stole his show. Everything that that other rapper had worked for he took and ran with to a new place. Does stealing a stage personality count under copyright infringement? He literally took an identity of a living breathing person and used it as his own. He even went as far as to change his won name legally to Rick Ross, this was all kept hush hush though because it would have killed his label if a large portion of his fan base found out.
With all that said, where does anyone have the right to take what others create? We look at the hundreds and thousands of copyright laws and see that they are directly violating these laws, so who is turning the blind eye when it comes to directly taking works from others? Is this ethical, and who is responsible for this? We can try and put more and more laws on work, but there always seems to be a loop hole somewhere or another. Or in most cases when money is exchanged there seems to be no recollection of anything wrong happening. Do wallets determine copyright?
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