Fair use, now more than ever

“Fair use is not merely a nice concept–it is a federal law based on free speech rights under the First Amendment and is a cornerstone of the creativity and innovation that is a hallmark of this country.

“However, with the advent of the digital age, fair use has gone missing. Warnings attached to movies, sports broadcasts and other media often provide wildly misleading information about consumer rights under copyright law. For example, warnings on many Universal DVDs state, in part, that ‘any unauthorized exhibition, distribution or copying of this film or any part thereof (including soundtrack) is an infringement of the relevant copyright and will subject the infringer to severe civil and criminal penalties.'”
Separating fact from fiction on digital copyrights, by Maura Corbett, CNET, August 27, 2007

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