THE FAIR USE NETWORK: INFORMATION & RESOURCES FOR FREE EXPRESSION
This is the site we've all been waiting for, the hub of "all things fair use," a newly launched online resource tailored for artists, scholars and creative people that includes practical resources, reference guides and glossaries, a budding attorney network, and a nifty newsfeed in the left sidebar generated by their internal blog.... brought to you by the folks at the Free Expression
Policy Project @ the Brennan
Center for Justice, NYU School of Law.
via their homepage: http://fairusenetwork.org
The Fair Use Network provides information to activists, artists, scholars, and anyone else who has questions about "IP" (intellectual property) law. Our basic purpose is to support fair use and other free expression safeguards within the law, because free expression is essential to creativity, culture, and a healthy democracy.
The Fair Use Network is part of the Free Expression
Policy Project (FEPP), a program of the Brennan
Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. It grew out of the findings and recommendations in FEPP's 2005 report, Will Fair Use Survive? Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control. The report found massive confusion among artists, scholars, and others about fair use, and a need for pro bono legal help and comprehensible resource materials.
A Bit of Background
In the last few decades, the rights of copyright and trademark owners to control the use
of their works has increased dramatically. Corporations have lobbied successfully for longer copyright terms and expanded their control over trademarks through legal doctrines such as "trademark dilution" They also have
used cease and desist letters and section 512 takedown notices to try to stop legitimate, fair
uses of copyrighted materials, or well-known trademarks, for such purposes as criticism and
The enhancement of IP owners' powers has come at the expense of those who build upon,
critique, or make other creative, scholarly, or political uses of existing works. The wholesale shift of rights from the public's to the owner's side of the scale has fundamentally changed the delicate balance in IP law that makes creativity and informed political debate possible.
The combination of rapidly shifting laws and new technologies has left many people
uncertain about their rights as users. In the face of uncertainty, many individuals and
groups have understandably steered a conservative path around possible legal landmines. Unfortunately, this response fails to take advantage of significant rights that users retain, even today--first and foremost, the rights to fairly use trademarks or copyrighted
Why the Fair Use Network?
How much can you borrow, quote or copy from someone else's work? What happens if you get a "cease and desist" letter from a copyright owner? These and many other questions make "intellectual ...
Originally posted on NEWSgrist by joy garnett