BlawgIT’s introduction to “fair use”

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in July 2009

200 words / 1 min.
Brett Trout has a useful introduction to “fair use” up on BlawgIT. The goal is to help you “spot the issues” and avoid some common urban legends. Recommended.


Note: this post is from 2009. Evaluate with care and in light of later events.

Brett Trout has a useful introduction to “fair use” up on BlawgIT. The goal is to help you “spot the issues” and avoid some common urban legends, like:

  • “I am not making money on it; it’s fair use.”
  • “They should be happy with the free press.”
  • “I’m making them money, it’s fair use.”
  • “It didn’t have a copyright notice on it; it’s fair use.”

via Fair Use FAQ | BlawgIT.

Recommended reading for anyone who cites, quotes, or reuses other’s work – which is pretty much everyone these days.


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