Sunday, September 19, 2010


Copyright Law is a very confusing law and that is probably because it can be taken in so many ways. Even if there is a lawsuit, a judge can rule any way they want depending on how they perceive that particular situation. As librarians, this is hard to enforce since we do not necessarily know if a patron is copying a specific work in their own papers or other such projects. The Section 108 study was a very confusing way to explain copyright law. I did enjoy Mazzone's work (at least what I read of it!). "Copyfraud" is a very interesting topic to read about. But in today's world, I can see this happening more and more. People are always looking for ways to make money and why not do it with something that is confusing to most people anyway?

Stanford's explanation of copyright and Fair Use acts were clear and concise. They are able to explain all of the laws and give examples which makes the explanations even clearer. I especially liked the seeing the 4 Factors used to determine Fair Use. This clarified the details of how court cases are determined and who might win the case depending upon the judge.

Is copyright law as confusing to everyone else as it is to me?

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