I am very interested in history so this assignment took me longer because I kept wanting to read and explore. There are certain things I added to my timeline, such as the creation of writing, language and religion. The reason being is that I kept asking myself who was literate? In the youtube video I cite in my sources, it informed mostly priests were "literate". I thought that was so interesting. Would  Christianity as a whole be as powerful if the Bible were under present day copyright laws? It is also appalling how a monarch government can control how informed their society is with the creation of Stationers Company.
I created this timeline with screenshots of Powerpoint slides. I felt like I could control the font size better than other apps I tried. My audience is intended for the average citizen trying to Google to learn more about  copyright basics in history. Therefore, I omitted from my timeline the years that were amended bc it changes many times. I was more interested in what works of art were added into the US Copyright Act itself.

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3 thoughts on “History of Copyright”

  1. I am also a history enthusiast (professionally and personally), so I like your format! Did you do each item as a slide, or were they grouped and then the screenshots displayed one after the other?

  2. The questions about what “literacy” means are like an onion, peel away one layer and there is another. With the advent of printing and then television/film and finally the web, there are all kinds of “visual literacies” being discussed. And if that’s the case, why not oral literacies from before writing and printing was a thing?

    You might be interested in reading some work by Walter Ong on orality and literacy and what he called the “Gutenberg Parentheses” — the idea that with new media we might be returning to a richer language and literacy that involves the oral, visual and writing…and that the prominence of writing/print might almost turn out to be an anomaly.

    Incidentally: does the intensity of the shading on the entries in your timeline mean anything?

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