Fair Use

Grim and gritty Power Rangers fan film brings fanfic back into legal spotlight

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A new legal battle over fanfic might be shaping up. In the last couple of days, music video director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar released a 15-minute short film reimagining Power Rangers as [...]

Copyright Office posts DMCA exemption petitions

By Chris Meadows
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I discussed the need for a DMCA exemption for e-books, in light of the US Copyright Office requesting petitions for such exemptions. The Copyright Office has now posted all 44 [...]

Appeals court rules HathiTrust book scanning is fair use

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Ars Technica reports that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the HathiTrust case, the legal sibling to the Google Books lawsuit. HathiTrust is the organization of university libraries that [...]

New author advocacy group Authors Alliance seeks to counterbalance Authors Guild on fair use issues

By Chris Meadows
May 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

A group of writers and copyright experts concerned over Authors Guild overreach has formed its own new author advocacy group, the Authors Alliance, to advocate in favor of fair use of works. [...]

In Google Books appeal, Authors Guild decries Google’s impact on Amazon sales

By Chris Meadows
April 12, 2014 // 5 Comments

The Authors Guild is appealing Google’s November fair use win in its Google Book scanning case. The Guild says that Google is “yanking readers out of online bookstores” and stifling online [...]

Fan artist complains of Anita Sarkeesian’s unauthorized use of Dragon’s Lair fan art

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 5 Comments

Here’s an interesting conundrum concerning fair use of Internet artwork. It all started when an artist going by the moniker Cowkitty created some fan art of Princess Daphne, a character from Don [...]

Getty Images offers free image embedding for noncommercial blogs

By Chris Meadows
March 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Getty Images, the world’s largest stock photo service, has just announced a program licensing noncommercial use of many of its images free to bloggers, provided they use code the site provides to [...]

ReDigi awarded patent on digital resale ‘without making a copy’

By Chris Meadows
January 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Yesterday I received a press release from ReDigi, the company trying to allow (and monetize) the resale of “used” digital goods such as music or e-books, with an embargo time of, well, right now. [...]

Story Surgeon: Copyright infringement or fair use?

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2014 // 7 Comments

Writer Beware has an interesting post today linking to a Kickstarter for what WB’s Victoria Strauss calls “an app for copyright infringement.” The app is called “Story Surgeon,” is seeking [...]

Thirty years of time shifting: The Supreme Court decision legalizing the VCR

By Chris Meadows
January 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Today marks an important anniversary for our digital media era—an era that couldn’t have been foreseen thirty years ago, but nonetheless relies to a very great extent on a legal decision exactly [...]

Shel Silverstein biographer’s fair use dilemma: Censorship at the sidewalk’s end

By Chris Meadows
January 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

On Slate, Joseph Thomas writes that the time and effort he has spent writing a biography of Shel Silverstein will likely come to naught because he cannot get permission from the Silverstein estate to [...]

GoldieBlox ‘Girls’ controversy resurfaces as Beastie Boys file suit

By libertyc
December 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

If you thought the Beastie Boys’ tiff with GoldieBlox over the “Girls” parody used in their toy commercial was over when GoldieBlox dropped the song from the commercial and said they would drop [...]

Booklamp and discoverability: Nice try, but still has serious shortcomings

By libertyc
November 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

A random comment on an IRC channel today recalled my attention to Booklamp, and the Book Genome Project, which we’ve mentioned a few times in years gone by. It’s been a couple of years since it [...]

Judge Chin dismisses suit over Google Books mass scanning as fair use, setting stage for appeal

By libertyc
November 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Juli already mentioned the big news of the day: Google has prevailed in the Authors Guild’s copyright case against it for scanning millions of books for its Google Books project. Judge Chin [...]

Google makes case for Google Books scanning as ‘transformative’ fair use

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 14 Comments

Is Google’s book scanning practice “transformative”? Google argues that it is, the Authors Guild argues that it isn’t, This could be an important part of determining whether Google scanning [...]

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