"Can I Use That Picture? Terms, Laws and Ethics for Using Copyrighted Images"
Wikimedia Won't Take Down This Photo Because a Monkey Took It. Animal Selfies, the next frontier!
Monkeys, elephants, the Holy Spirit & God herself cannot be copyright owners, so sayeth the U.S. Copyright Office (@306). My Indonesian trip to promote monkey intellectual property rights is hereby postponed. 1.usa.gov/1oZxQOi
U.S. Copyright Act 1976 - 17 USC, Section 107: Fair Use factors. This is the best part of the Copyright Act - the part of the law that tells you how to break the law-the insertion of common sense into copyright law. We are free to use copyrighted works w/out the permission of the copyright owner/publisher provided that our use is "fair." Everyone has benefitted from fair use, and everyone has invoked fair use, consciously or unconsciously. What's missing is the word, "transformative." tbc
Copyright Litigation Blog: Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and Copyright Law
Victor Willis - "Village People singer-songwriter Victor Willis has finally prevailed in reclaiming 50 percent of the copyright to many of the group's songs, including "Y.M.C.A." For four years, Willis has been in a legal battle that has been closely followed in the music industry because it dealt with a portion of copyright law that allows authors to terminate copyright grants." [2015-0308]