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Fair Use

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

Now that I have created my first remix, I would like to supplement the piece with a note about the rules of copyright. Now I realize that copyright law goes much deeper than just the rules of fair use, but I would like to highlight this piece of the legislation to remind and educate those of you who will attempt or have already starting working on remixes that you must be careful. I am sure that you have heard many of the various court cases that blow up over Copyright laws, and they are all over the internet. For example here is an article about students who had downloaded music illegally. In the article states that “Sharing music illegally can cost $750 a song, while movie piracy fines have ranged from $3,000 to $150,000”. And that was 5 years ago. Now copyright legislation has become even tighter. Though I’m not downloading and sharing music, what I am doing is using other artists work without going up and asking them. Is this wrong? Well, it depends if I use it fairly.

Fair Use is defined by U.S. Government on 4 major provisions:

1. The purpose and character of the use

  • The work must not be for profit.
  • The “safe” uses for fair use can be for humor (parody), a review or critique, a quote for a scholarly journal or paper, for a news report, or for education (which is good for me)
  • The work must have new meaning/value
  • If the work seeks monetary gain or seeks to supersede the original, that is not fair use.

2. The nature of the copyrighted work

  • The use of a newspaper article is going to be treated differently than the use of a song or video. Namely, copyright laws can extend to the limits of the work, but no further.
  • An idea cannot be copyrighted

3. The amount of the original work used

  • The entire work does not necessarily all be used to get a point across to the audience.
  • Borrowing a sentence is much different then borrowing a page from a literary source.
  • However going back to #2, in my remix it was necessary to use all of the music from the original song to produce an effective remix. So because of the nature of the work, I am able to use the entire length and still be within fair use.

4. The effect upon the market-value of the copyrighted work

  • In essence, it is not fair to copy someone else’s work and then receive money for it.
  • It is also not fair for the use of your work to lessen the market value of the original (unless it is a critique)

So as long as you are able to follow these guidelines, any remix you create will be considered fair. Unfortunately, because much of the fair use doctrine is based on subjectivity, it is sometimes hard to say what is and isn’t fair. Despite the ambiguity, I hope I have created a clear outline to what remixed work should aim for. Let me know if you have any questions!


"Kiss" YouTube

Posted: September 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

“Kiss YouTube” is a website that allows anyone to download a YouTube video to your computer by simply typing ‘kiss’ right in front of ‘youtube’ in the original link of the video or by pasting the URL into the homepage of the website. I feel that this tool will be of really good use to us especially with the change in direction from images to audio. Kiss YouTube will allow us to use both the audio and the video of any clip from YouTube, which can be incredibly useful if you are looking for something specific.

If you are worried about copyright laws, most of the stuff we do in the class is under education, which can be considered fair use. Also, I feel there is a great deal of humor in the class which can also be considered fair use. Anyway, as an example of what you can do with Kiss YouTube (and Garageband & iMovie), I posted my final project video that I had done for another class on my blog earlier this year but here it is again for you guys.

Let me know what you guys think of this website!

Hello world!

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

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