Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Libel and Fair Use and Defamation, Oh My!

This is the very best and most entertaining definition of "Fair Use" I've found anywhere, I think you'll enjoy it and understand it.

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.

Synopsis Courtesy of The Center For Internet and Society

Want to know more? The following are some plain language for the rest of us explanations of blogging and the law.

Fair Use Project:

The Stanford Center for Internet and Society's "Fair Use Project" ("the FUP") was founded in 2006 to provide legal support to a range of projects designed to clarify, and extend, the boundaries of "fair use" in order to enhance creative freedom.

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation comes the Bloggers' FAQ - Online Defamation Law:

The Bloggers' FAQ on Online Defamation Law provides an overview of defamation (libel) law, including a discussion of the constitutional and statutory privileges that may protect you.

EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers

Whether you're a newly minted blogger or a relative old-timer, you've been seeing more and more stories pop up every day about bloggers getting in trouble for what they post. This post acquaints you with the pitfalls.


Blogger Chery Kinnick said...


Thanks for that entertaining and "legal, schmeegal" bit about copyright and fair use. I work in a library and the topic is still just as fuzzy as ever. Just try to explain it to someone! My understanding is: use only very small parts of copyrighted materials, gain permission when feasible/necessary due to the length or content of the material, and... credit, credit, credit!!!

December 6, 2007 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Craig Manson said...

Good stuff, fM! This will be very useful (and entertaining) to our colleagues in the geneablogosphere.

December 6, 2007 at 9:55 AM  

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