Such a pain, isn’t it?
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve wanted to include an image in my blog yet didn’t because I was afraid of copyright infringement.
Yet without it, life becomes even more of a pain, especially for content creators.
See, before copyright existed, the concept of property only referred to the land that someone owned, meaning that any other “property” that people created was available for somebody else to modify, copy, or even sell with no ramifications.
Nowadays, we, the consumers, the mediocre content creators, are the ones who suffer from these limitations. Although we are able to freely use the content that is public domain, a large amount of the intellectual property that exists is already owned and subject for copyright. Even the ‘Happy Birthday’ song was owned by Music Publisher, Warner/Chapell. Thankfully now it’s become public domain, so you can safely upload a YouTube video of your family gleefully wishing your Grandfather happy birthday with no fear of being charged. (Here’s an example)
Taylor Swift, or more notably her management team, is notorious for her relentless copyright pursuits, hence the meme.
So maybe we won’t be able to post a video including a 30-second clip of Shake It Off any time soon, however, I do know one solution to that problem.