Too often Techdirt writes about changes in copyright law that are only for the benefit of the big publishing and recording companies, and offer little to individual creators or the public. So it makes a pleasant change to be able to report that South…
South Africa’s Proposed Copyright Fair Use Right Should Be A Model For The World – Intellectual Property Watch
Copyright laws the world over are under massive pressure to reform to fit the digital environment. One key area often in need of reform is in the exceptions to copyright that enable the digital practices.
What if Pharrell and Robin Thicke invoked fair use in their “Blurred Lines” trial and told the jury that they borrowed a small part of the ’70s groove from Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” but gave it new meaning, a different character and new expression?
In the Federal Circuit’s final analysis of the four fair use factors, they noted that Google could have written their own code or properly licensed with Oracle, but instead chose to copy. There is nothing fair about taking a copyrighted work verbatim and using it for the same purpose and function as the original.
Playboy has fired back a new volley in response to an assertion by Boing Boing and the EFF that linking to an archive of hundreds of centerfold playmates was fair use. Branding Boing Boing a “clickbait” site, Playboy told a federal court in California that the popular blog profits off the work of others and has no fair use defense.