Should Intellectual Property Protection Be a Natural Right?

Should Intellectual Property Protection Be a Natural Right? 1

Every creative work is a product of one’s labour, including his intellectual labours. Although there’s a sense of pride when others notice your work, a perfect replica of your “creator’s work” does not serve some sort of flattery at all. It even stings more if your original work gets copied and distributed without your permission. It doesn’t just take your creativity for granted; it also steals from your potential income. And authors or content owners must be given the right to enjoy the fruits of their labour as it is something that they have worked hard on.

Now that content has become digital, online piracy continues to rise. Copyrighted materials have been made available for the public without the content owner’s permission through torrent sites. The ease of access allowed people to think that they can get things for free. Some people don’t think that they are crossing anyone’s rights, in this case the creators’. As a result, copyright holders have strongly considered intellectual property protection.

Natural rights

In essence, natural rights are rights that can’t be restrained or repealed by human laws. These are the rights that all men possess, which in certain ways they may or may not act upon. So the hope is for film copyrights to be part of the basic human rights.

At present, film copyrights is not yet considered as part of the natural rights, so the government has not enforced any contracts or provided police protection and national defense. However, there are entities that are pushing intellectual property protection for creators and content owners. They fight piracy and protect the rights of content holders.

If protection for anyone’s intellectual property can’t be made (yet) as part of natural rights, it should at least be given the attention it deserves because the entertainment industry can only do so much. It would be a huge help if the government supports the cause. Maybe then the goal won’t be limited to just reducing piracy but eliminating it entirely.

However, it would take some time and effort before people would finally stop illegally copying and downloading copyrighted materials. Everyone except the pirates would benefit from the positive results of fighting piracy. For instance, it could boost the global economy. All the businesses involved in film productions get to keep all earning from their projects. Also, the creators get properly compensated which could only mean good things for all workers in the entertainment industry.

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