Short and to the point, a new article by Brandon
Butler in the ARL/CNI/SPARC’s Research Library Issues http://arl.tizrapublisher.com/rli270/17
explodes “Urban Copyright Legends.”
Is Fair Use always a high burden for the
education community to defend? If
a license is available, does that automatically negate Fair Use? If your university is relying on the
Teach Act, does that trump Fair Use?
(I’m horrified, by the way, that some think it does).
I like it that this article is
readable, yet cites case law and other authoritative sources. That’s always a
trick – to make copyright reading understandable yet not oversimplified beyond
Butler does it exceedingly well. In a sense, he creates a starter “SNOPES”
for copyright legends that he says he sometimes wishes for.