Fairness and Politics: Artist Claims Fair Use Over Obama Photo

By: Ian McClure

Artist Shepard Fairey and his atrorney, Stanford Fair Use Project director, Anthony Falzone, are claiming fair use in the Southern District of New York over the Obama picture that became the staple image of his campaign. The photograph was taken by a member of the AP, and Fairey turned the photo into the creative mix of colors that every American has presumably seen and identified the Obama campaign with. The image was sold on posters, t-shirts, and more. There is no question ... Read More

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Copyright Fair Use Empirical Study by Barton Beebe

By: Ian McClure

Barton Beebe, a copyrights and trademarks expert and professor at Cardozo School of Law, recently published an article titled "An Empirical Study of U.S. Copyright Fair Use Opinions, 1978-2005".[1] The Study is a thorough statistical examination of every federal court opinion that significantly involved fair use since 1978. The study was so insightful that it is important to summarize and share some of the key empirical data to the copyright law professional community. In short, much of the data went "against the ... Read More

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