Fair use is vital to our work as publishing professionals. Just be polite and attribute what you use to the creator.
Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor in the School of Communication at American University, where she teaches about film and media arts in the digital era. She is coauthor with Peter Jaszi of the Washington College of Law at American University of Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright(University of Chicago Press, 2011). Among her other books are Documentary Film and Communication Policy in the Public Interest. She most lately worked with the College Art Association to create the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.
When people borrow copyrighted material without permission for casual, nonprofit use, such as in a blog post or lecture or slide show, are they doing something illegal?
Not necessarily. US copyright law actually permits and even encourages reuse of material that is still under copyright, under some circumstances. The law is designed to promote the making…
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