Archive for the ‘ Fair Use ’ Category


Have the Courts Given Google a License to Steal From Authors?

If I were to scan Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, post 16% of it on my website to attract visitors, and then sell advertising at prices justified by the number of visitors, I would be infringing on Hannah’s copyright. I… Read the rest

The Problem of Orphan Works

This photo of my father and his brother Bob (circa 1932) is probably an orphan work. Last week, I had lunch with a writer who is deep into revising her memoir. She showed me a stack of photos from her… Read the rest

Step-by-Step Guide to Dealing With Content Theft

Content theft is big business, whether it’s illegally downloading movies or reposting blog posts without attribution. Every month Google receives more than 30 million requests to remove search results that link to allegedly infringing material. Thirty million a month! Sooner… Read the rest

Fan Fiction; Fifty Shades of Green

Scholars, critics and mainstream publishers look down their noses at fan fiction and consider it unoriginal, non-commercial, and a joke. But E. L. James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, is laughing all the way to the bank. Her trilogy,… Read the rest

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