Re: [videoblogging] copyright

> Actually, the reason you can't use their images (etc.) is *because* they
> abide the laws. It seems fair to me that you can't use a work someone else
> made without their permission. Remember that you still have the right to
> Fair Use no matter who the author is! Of course it becomes a problem when
> Fox sues Joe Average, because Joe can't afford a nice lawyer even if he is
> protected by Fair Use.
>
> That's not a problem with copyright law though. That's a much much bigger
> problem concerning the whole civil legal system.

see, here's where we disagre.
yes, its a court problem..BECAUSE the law is so fucked up.
Fair Use is not for real.
like you say, i may win in court…but to step in a courtroom costs a couple
grand….this begins self-censorship…the worst kind.

so if i want to make criticism of my local news coverage…i can only talk
about it.
if i use a news clip…it may be Fair Use…but if its a dangerous game.
even if a corporation knows it wont win…IT(a corporation is a person in US
law) will tiw you up in court for years if need be.

Just because its a Copyright Law does not mean it is coreect.
Let's look at who was behind the twisted, bias evolution of the law.
Andreas, are you saying that you agree with the current system?

Fair Use(which sounds a lot like Creative Commons) needs to be made firm…
so i can use footage, non-commercially of Mickey Mouse..without fearing even
an empty threat of a lawsuit.

we need to be able to comment on the world around us or else we stagnate.


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