Eliminating fear and loathing of fair use

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Fair use exists to allow scholars, educators, researchers, and more to use copyrighted works without permission or paying royalties.

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Dog eat dog world?

Robynne Raye and her partner at Modern Dog, Michael Strassburger, have been involved in a copyright infringement lawsuit with Disney, Target, and the Jaya Apparel group for the past several years. Modern Dog filed a lawsuit against the companies when the artwork from the end papers of their 2008 Compendium showed up on T-shirts being sold by Target.

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Moving the lines between copyright and fair use


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Last month Richard Prince made history when the court ruling against him for copyright infringement against him was overturned.

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Do We Need a Copyright & Fair Use Best Practices Document?

While issues about copyright and fair use are not new, our feelings about them may never have been more divisive than they are today. It’s also highly unlikely that in today’s work environment, graphic designers won’t be faced with these issues on a daily basis.

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Was Shepard Fairey’s use fair?

Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey poses in front of the Barack Obama Hope artwork he designed in this 2009 photo. (Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press / September 8, 2012)

Last week Shepard Fairey was sentenced to two years probation and a $25,000 fine for tampering with evidence in his copyright battle with the Associated Press. Some, including prosecutor Daniel Levy, felt Fairey should have served jail time. Levy contends, “A sentence without any term of imprisonment sends a terrible message to those who might commit the same sort of criminal conduct.”

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Ask the Lawyer

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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is a non-profit site that was founded in 1969 to provide legal,educational, and advocacy support to low-income artists and arts organizations. In 2010, VLA launched AskTheLawyer.com to archive and present basic and pertinent legal information to arts and legal professionals.

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