Tag: fair use

by Patricia Aufderheide

Creative geek Andy Baio had a hellish experience with copyright and fair use when he made “Kind of Bloop,” a weird and wonderful electronic cover of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue.” It’s maddening to hear his story, told in a compelling video, of acceding to astonishing payments in an out-of-court settlement. But he’s drawing the [...] more »

by Jonathan Peters

Last year, a former student contacted me to ask if her news outlet, a network affiliate, could use a video clip from a Comedy Central show to introduce a segment about election-year campaign spending.  The purpose of the segment was to comment on the show’s many attempts to raise awareness of the rules that govern [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. “Fair use” takes center stage at Google Books appeal (PaidContent.org) 2. Ending the TOC conference, but still pushing tools of change for publishing (O’Reilly) 3. Microsoft mulling Nook Media LLC purchase for $1 billion (TechCrunch) 4. U.K. publishers hit book sales record for 2012 amid digital growth (The Hollywood Reporter) 5. Piracy not an [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. F.A.A. may loosen curbs on fliers’ use of electronics (NYT) 2. What if the Google Reader readers just don’t come back? (TechCrunch) 3. Michael Wolff on the new dean of the ‘J-school’: Columbia flunks relevancy test (USA Today) 4. Twitter snubs French court request for information on authors of hate speech – Updated (The [...] more »

by Patricia Aufderheide

As we listened to the 80 journalists we interviewed over the last year for a study, Copyright, Free Speech, and the Public’s Right to Know: How Journalists Think about Fair Use, we got a clear message: hard-working journalists are often confronted with copyright questions that threaten to keep them from doing their jobs well. Take [...] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

Righthaven LLC, which still bills itself on its website as “the nation’s preeminent copyright enforcer” is now on its way to a new title. It may soon become the nation’s first copyright enforcer to be forced into bankruptcy by sanctions awarded to the targets of its copyright infringement lawsuits. What’s That They Say About Payback? [...] more »

by Nathan Gibbs

It’s rare for the public to see news sausage in the grinder. The gore of the editing process is kept from view. Yet while the factory floor of the newsroom may be less sanitary than a meat processing plant, a glimpse inside the news process may still be more likely to inspire confidence in the [...] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

Editors’ note: An update has been added at the end of this article. Is it an infringement of copyright to post an excerpt from an online news article — including a link to its source — on a website, a blog, or an online forum? This practice is ubiquitous in online journalism, but its legal [...] more »

by Ira Basen

Websites that scoop up content from the mainstream media without compensation are being put on notice: Pay up or risk being shut down. The warning comes from Attributor, a California-based company that monitors web content on behalf of magazine, newspaper and book publishers. Earlier this month, Attributor announced a “new model for online content syndication” [...] more »

by Rob Arcamona

Editor’s Note: new information was appended to this article on Dec. 15. It probably seemed like a fun idea at the time. Last year, Eric Dane, known as “McSteamy” from the show “Grey’s Anatomy,” his wife Rebecca Gayheart, and former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche decided to make a home movie. Yes, that type of [...] more »