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

The Problem of Orphan Works

Last week, I had lunch with a writer who is deep into revising her memoir. She showed me a stack of photos from her years in summer stock theater and Off-Off-Broadway plays. She told me how important they were to… Read the rest “The Problem of Orphan Works”

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 “Step-by-Step Guide to Dealing With Content Theft”

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 “Fan Fiction; Fifty Shades of Green”

Top