Copyright conversations have become like a battleground between two worldviews. One is that of the mass-media corporations fighting for control of what they understand to be their enclosed garden, generating fruit to be sold on the harvested bushel. They have pushed for and won long and strong copyright – copyright policies that heavily privilege the rights of copyright owners. The other is that of people who make new cultural works – often artists, remixers, appropriators, self-styled pirates – who understand the cultural landscape from which they draw to be a common field, ready for grazing and the creation of new, zesty products redolent of the past yet promising the future. These people’s perspective often is that copyright is bunk.
"Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi's 2011 textReclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyrightoffers a deeply valuable discussion of copyright law, creative practices, and the place of fair use in the life of the digital citizen." Transformative Works and Cultures
"RECLAIMING FAIR USE: HOW TO PUT BALANCE BACK IN COPYRIGHT by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi is a balanced analysis of how copyright law has transformed over the past few decades and a practical guide on how to establish clear “fair use” codes that protect both the creator of cultural artifacts and those who wish to reinterpret them for an alternative audience and purpose." Law and Politics Book Review
"Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011. It’s a well-written history of fair use interpretation and an important corrective to over-cautiousness in asserting user rights." OPEN@VT
"Reclaiming Fair Use is an informative and readable call for content creators to work collectively in establishing fair use norms and asserting their fair use rights. It would make an excellent acquisition for any academic or public library that serves patrons who rely on fair use." College of William & Mary Law School
The strategies adopted by governments and public officials can have dramatic effects on people’ live. Packed with examples, and shaped by the author’s practical experience, the book shows that governments which give more weight to the long-term are not only more likely to leave their citizens richer, healthier, and safer; they’re
Open government is the notion that the people have the right to access the documents and proceedings of government. The idea that the public has a right to scrutinize and participate in government dates at least to the Enlightenment. Its principles are recognized in virtually every democratic country on the planet.
There is near-universal agreement that schools must find ways to transform older teaching practices in order to harness the tools that students have at their disposal today. This book introduces you to many of the most useful tools and concepts for an education setting so that you can decide, along with
Fair use is not only the law of the land, but part of the package of free-speech rights we hold dear and an investment in our cultural future.
But rewarding creators is just one tactic, and one that, as is universally recognized, must be limited to protect the larger goal of encouraging creation of culture.
If you do not limit the control that copyright owners have over their work, owners become chiefs of private fiefdoms of culture, and private censors of future culture.
This era’s version of copyright law is regrettably unbalanced in favor of current copyright holders, and against emergent culture of all kinds.