[WikiEN-l] Fair use redux; the second coming of hell; Are we a free content or aren't we?

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Sun Jul 22 05:45:58 UTC 2007

Erik Moeller wrote:

>If there's one area we should focus on purging of any & all fair use,
>it's photos of living celebrities. But the mere fact that the quantity
>of fair use images is high does not indicate that something is
>fundamentally wrong; the quantity of articles documenting pop culture
>is also very high, and documenting contemporary works will often
>include fair use excerpts.  I would be more open to a rigid approach
>if copyright terms weren't so ridiculously high, but there is no
>relevant process of contemporary works passing into the public domain
>anymore. Making use of the few exemptions the law provides seems
>entirely reasonable.
Absolutely, but I do find that people get stuck on "fair use" when there 
are other alternatives in law.  If for any reason a copyright has 
expored, or the material wasn't copyrightable in the first place we 
don't need to consider fair use.


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