Monday, February 11, 2013

From the U.S. Copyright Office



Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes
for which the reproduction of a work may be
considered fair, such as
criticism,
comment,
news reporting,
teaching,
scholarship,
and research.

One of the rights accorded to the owner
of an independent enterprise
is the right to authorize
others to reproduce, not “plagiarize”
the work in copies, subject to limitation
of the laws of this nation
so filled with elation
to puff its chest and declare summarization
of vague ideals as the adamant law.

The distinction between what is “fair use”
and what is infringement in a particular case
may cause those who attack or defend this right
to lose face from a system whose grace
falls short in learning to tell the difference
between green, and blue-green, and green-blue.