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"Let's Go Crazy" lawsuit results in Fair Use victory

In the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video,a team of legal experts and media scholars judged the incidental use of copyrighted material to be an eligible form of Fair Use. It seems that the courts agree. Read more...

Fair Use Muscle-Flexing in Academia, over Kids' Fashion Ads

Colleague Chris Boulton, a student of the moral implications of popular culture, is also a warrior for the copyright rights of new creators. Read more...

Online Video Fair Use Code, soon on YouTube!

When my colleagues and I shaped the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video, we knew it was a solid and reliable document, and also a useful one. Legal superstars such as my co-coordinator Peter Jaszi, and committee members Michael Donaldson, Anthony Falzone, Michael Madison, Pamela Samuelson, Rebecca Tushnet and Jennifer Urban, had worked on it. Read more...

Political Remixers and Fair Use Best Practices

I just had an invigorating talk with amazing New York remix artist Jonathan McIntosh, who is rapidly circulating the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video to fellow artists. (He was in Chicago working with high school kids at Mindy Faber’s Fair Use Remix Institute, who were the first–ever group to put the Code to use. Read more...

Announcing the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

Remixes, mashups, fan tributes and other creative work burgeoning in online video often use copyrighted material without permission or payment. When is it fair to do so? In many cases, creators can employ Fair Use, a key feature of copyright law. Today marks the release of the Center's newest publication, the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video. Read more...