Does Copyright hinder or Cultivate creativity?
Copyright does both. Reasoning behind this is, when you use something that isn’t your work, it isn’t original and you aren’t being original. However what people do with other people’s work can be very creative. For example when Danger Mouse released grey album. The mix between the Beatles white and Jay-z’s black album. That was creative because the songs were remixed, however that was copyrighted and he got fined majorly. This states that you shouldnt copyright because it is bad.
Now the people that obey laws, and dont use other people’s stuff, are ‘more creative’. This is because it is all ‘original’, but truth be told, everything is copied from somewhere, whether copyright effects or not. They might have the original idea that is their own thinking but it was most likely inspired from some one else.
However coming from an artist’s or creators point of view, when you create something you want to get your money out of it because its your life. But their should be a limit to how long a copyright law last’s. As a general rule its about 70 years. This is beyond enough time to get your moneys worth out of a piece of work. It should be reduced to a max of 20 years and even that is long. Overall I think that copyright cultivates because whether or not its copyrighted or not everything comes from some place or thing. People are always going to try to do things and go further and the idea of copyright just stops and slows down progress and creativity.