source: shutterstock.com
source: shutterstock.com

Copyrighting has been around since the 1886 Berne Convention. The Berne Convention is for the protection of Literary and Artistic works and was an international agreement which governed copyright. Then followed the Walt Disney Act, which grants monopoly after the authors death, 120 years after creation PLUS 95 years after publication (for big corporations, like.. Disney.) That’s a lot of years.

So after hearing those definitions, I bet you’re wondering: “How does copyrighting affect me?” WELL, whenever we sign up to any social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram) or any….thing, we are supposed to read through the Terms of Service of the website. But let’s be real… Who ACTUALLY reads those 56 pages of incredibly small print? Well, here’s a fun fact for y’all. Anytime, you upload an image, post a Facebook status, or a Tweet, or even send a personal message, it is no longer yours. For example, here is Facebook’s Terms of Service:

“You grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”

Oh dear.

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A meme created by me – This represents every snapchat user

So essentially, we are being affected first-hand. Our privacy is non-existent on the web and that’s a pretty scary thought. However, this can be related back to our lecture last week and the whole “Medium is the Message” concept. The medium in this case is Social media websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram and the Message is the Terms of Service.

Ultimately, copyright is needed to protect industries business and status. Remember who owns the images you upload to social media and think twice about who has access to these pictures.


Facebook’s Terms of Service (2015)