Why do you think The Open University has the copyright on this text rather than the author?
The OU employs the authors to produce the course materials and textbooks, so it is according to copyright law that the work belongs to the OU.
In 2006, the BBC broadcast a highly regarded version of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House’. Is this television programme copyrighted?
Yes as the audio of the broadcast is a new rendering of the original material, so in accordance with the copyright laws, that particular version of ‘Bleak House’ belongs to the BBC.
Do you think long copyright terms are a good idea? Try to think of one reason why copyright should extend for a long time, and one reason why terms should be short. Spend no more than ten minutes on this exercise.
One reason that a long copyright time is of benefit is so that the persons(s) / group that invested the time to create the original work can maximise their gain on their invested time. A reason for the copyright to expire quickly on the other hand, is that for technical items, the copyrighted object will more than likely become obsolete, by allowing the copyright to expire other developers in the field could have access to the developement material, saving time and research in getting to the point of the old technologies, this would also help to drive competition between creators of copyrighted material.