Fair Use Week: Learning How Fair Use Works

One of the toughest aspects of fair use is determining how it should be applied to a situation at hand.  One of the ways legal scholars do this is to take a look at past cases (precedent) and extrapolate from those examples to the current situation. Back in May, Kevin Smith, J.D. reviewed a new tool from the U.S. Copyright office called the “Fair Use Index“, which provides about 170 such cases.  According to the site itself, “The goal of the Index is to make the principles and application of fair use more accessible and understandable to the public by presenting a searchable database of court opinions, including by category and type of use (e.g., music, internet/digitization, parody).” I’ll let Kevin Smith walk you through the rest.
Learning How Fair Use Works: http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2015/05/07/learning-how-fair-use-works/

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