Copyright infringement is a federal crime!
Fair Use vs Stealing
I recently had a problem with an unenlightened, uneducated and low-class site who stole (and are stealing) a lot of my cartoons.
They are a “humor” site, and they stole many dozens of my cartoons (which explains why this site was down for the last 10 days). I will deal with them separately, when my investigation is done, but because they were so very stupid, I wanted to try to explain Fair Use to my smart readers here!
Very very briefly, there are 4 rules of Fair use:
1. Purpose (entertainment, or education?)
2. Type of work (news, fiction, art)
3. Amount used in comparison to whole work
4. Monetary effect on creator
Examples of Fair Use
Here are some examples of Good Fair Use from the excellent Stanford Fair Use site :
- quoting a few lines from a Bob Dylan song in a music review
- summarizing and quoting from a medical article on prostate cancer in a news report
- copying a few paragraphs from a news article for use by a teacher or student in a lesson, or
- copying a portion of a Sports Illustrated magazine article for use in a related court case.
The underlying rationale of this rule is that the public reaps benefits from your review, which is enhanced by including some of the copyrighted material.