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Fair Use, Free Speech & IP

Fair Use in Search: TVEyes

Is it legal to record all of TV and then let viewers search for topics and view relevant segments? Yes it is, under fair use. And it goes against everything Fox News argued in a lawsuit it filed...

How Fair Use Brought Dream Deceivers to Home Video

A new generation is going to see the fabled documentary "Dream Deceivers," because its director employed fair use. Back in 1992, David Van Taylor ("A Perfect Candidate," "Good Ol' Charles Schulz")...

“Hoop Dreams” and “Life Itself” Exec Producer Recalls How ‘Clearance Culture’ Drove Him to Become a Fair Use Evangelist

HathiTrust Decision: Good News for Media That Matters

The June 10 appeals court decision on HathiTrust advances the useability of fair use, protects innovation and helps makers of media that matters. HathiTrust is a service of a consortium of more than...

SXSW: Fair Use Everywhere

While it was easy to find lawyers drumming up business by trash-talking fair use at SXSW, it was hard to find a documentary that hadn’t employed it, sometimes lavishly. Furthermore, you could even...

Why Fair Use Is More Dependable Than You Think

Peter Jaszi Last week, Peter Jaszi--the nation's leading expert on the copyright doctrine of fair use--was asked to testify before Congress on fair use and whether it needed reform. His short...

The Whole Thing: Big Fair Use Win for Journalists in Swatch Case

Journalists won big in a court case settled Jan. 27, affirming journalists’ fair use right to repurpose 100% of unauthorized copyrighted content, in some cases, because it serves the public good....

Visual Arts Professionals and Fair Use: Self-censorship and the Missing Future

The visual arts communities of practice—artists, scholars, teachers, museum professionals, and more—share a common problem: confusion and misunderstanding of the nature of copyright law and the...

Power to the People: Five Reasons Fair Use Best Practices Are Changing the World

By Center Director Patricia Aufderheide; Brandon Butler, Practitioner-in-Residence at the Glushko Samuelson IP Clinic, American University Washington College of Law; and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law...

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