Tag Archives: fair use

Fair Use highlighted at Re:Create conference

"Copyright on the Horizon" panelists discuss the future of copyright law, fair use and the Copyright Office.

In his opening remarks at the November 17 Re:Create conference, Public Knowledge President & CEO Gene Kimmelman shared his thoughts about fair use as a platform for today’s creative revolution, and about it being a key to the importance of how knowledge is shared in today’s society. That set the tone for a dynamic discussion of copyright policy and law ... Read More »

CopyTalk: Creativity, fan fiction, and fair use

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Join this free webinar November 5 @ 2PM EDT Fan-created works in general are broadly available to people at the click of a link. Fan fiction hasn’t been the subject of any litigation, but it plays an increasing role in literacy as its creation and consumption has skyrocketed. Practice on the ground can matter as much as cases in the courts, ... Read More »

In Google case, court finds creating an index is fair use

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This is how I always describe Google Book Search (GBS) – it’s an index, and in this case, a truly magnificent one. Today we learned that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s summary judgment that the GBS is a transformative fair use, so it’s happy days for people in library land. Many will know that this ... Read More »

ALA discusses intellectual property enforcement

Girl creating in library maker space

Responding to a request for input on the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, the American Library Association (ALA) submitted formal comments to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator through the Library Copyright Alliance. To highlight those comments, I offer a few observations of a more informal nature on intellectual property enforcement: Kids and others (e.g., designers, entrepreneurs, and ... Read More »

Important win for fair use and for babies who dance

Baby standing on hardwood floor.

In Lenz v. Universal, an appeals court in San Francisco today ruled that a rights holder must consider whether a use is fair before sending a takedown notice. The “Dancing Baby Case,” you may recall, is about a takedown notice a mother received after uploading a video to YouTube showing her baby dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The court ... Read More »