Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 19:38 UTC (Thu) by sepreece
In reply to: Similar in spirit?
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
My point is that fair use does not in any way imply that the author must allow you to make direct, perfect copies from a particular copy that you own. You do not have and never had such a right. That would be akin to saying "all copyrighted text must be printed in black on a white background, so that copying machines can make clean copies for fair use purposes."
All fair use says is "if I use a copy of a brief segment of the work in a review, the owner may not sue me". You have basically the same recourse for electronic video that you would have for photographic video - capturing the video as it is played back.
Fair use does not give you any special rights with respect to your physical copy of the work, it only gives you protection from claims of infringement with respect to the underlying work. Your right would be exactly the same if you did not own a copy of the work or if the work was not available for private purchase (say, a movie).
Fair use does not in any way require that there be a way for you to make a copy; it is just a defense to copyright infringement. If you think that it should (which sounds good to me), lobby for legislation to support that.
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