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On the flipside of artistic expression, I've heard mentions of bloggers getting chunks of their writings lifted from their blogs and posted elsewhere, without attribution, and in some cases, victims of outright plagiarism.
As any of us being in varying degrees of Starving Artistitude, how do we let our babies go out into the cold public (ostensibly without the protection of a Big Publisher to back us) without having our stuff nicked?
I'm not barking down your snorkel about IP, Cat, you just pointed it out, and I forgot that one of the things that irritates me about this whole issue is the use of intellectual property legalese being duct taped onto arguments for pilfering an artist's work.
It looks like a "fair use' argument would have made a lot more sense if the video had been a parody of her work: it's actually a parody of something completely different. Even in a universe in which it was possible to parody a Disney film you'd have a hard time explaining why your parody included the complete text of The Difference Engine, or had a copyrighted soundtrack by a band that has nothing to do with Disney films
Maybe this will mean the end to corporate crap like the Spice girls and we will get artists who are interested in making art not just money?
Not really in any legal sense. Oh sure, a billion entitled geeks typing away can misconstrue fair use at the speed of light, but they have not really impacted it in any tenable legal way.
Exceptions to copyrightCalls for additional exemptions to copyright law for “creative, transformative* or derivative works” and for “caricature, parody or pastiche” will be important to both artists and the public alike. We are pleased to hear that libraries will be supported in their preservation work and will be allowed to copy and reformat copyrighted material, including film and sound recordings. This is essential to the health of our cultural heritage and we are delighted that the Chancellor has recognised its importance.A private copying exceptionA recommendation that private users be allowed to copy music from a CD to their MP3 player. When ever I mention this is a conversation I normally get a wonderfully confused look followed by the comment “What, I thought that was legal.” It still currently not legal in the UK, that is until this recommendation if followed and the law is amended.Back in February when the Open Rights Group was presenting evidence to the All Party Internet Group, Ian Brown saidI am always astonished when I speak at events like this that it is only a small number of lawyers who know copyright law who even realise there is not a private copy exemption in British law. I am sure if you went home and talked to friends and family very few would realise they were breaking copyright law by making copies of their own CDs, for example.