Ahh, the joys of copyright. We deal with it everyday, whether you utilize e-reserves or download music to your iPod (hopefully in a legal fashion). But did it ever cross your mind that when you laughed at the Dramatic Prairie Dog for the millionth time (or one of the many remixes) that the creator of the videos may have violated the law by using copyrighted material? I know I didn’t think about it.
According to a report from American University’s Center for Social Media, parodies of copyrighted works may actually fall under the fair use doctrine of copyright law. The full report, entitled Recut, Reframe, Recycle: Quoting Copyrighted Material in User-Generated Video, features the work of communications professor Pat Aufderheide and law professor Peter Jaszi – they contend that the new works and their ability to stimulate dialogue afford them protection under fair use. What do you think?
Thanks to Joyce for the link!