fair use

Gawker Is on Shaky Legal Ground Over Sarah Palin Book Excerpts

When Sarah Palin protested after gossip site Gawker posted pages from her upcoming book America By Heart, Gawker taunted her for her lack of knowledge about copyright law. But a federal judge has ordered Gawker to take the pages down temporarily.

How My Dancing Kid Joined YouTube's Copyright Wars

When DailyFinance reporter Jon Berr's wife posted a brief video on YouTube of their 3-year-old son dancing to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," she never expected to become part of the complex fight over copyright and fair use on the Internet. Then came the warning email.

Dan Abrams's Mediaite Tests the Limits of Fair Use

Just what constitutes "fair use" of copyrighted material has always been hard to define. Now a new website, Mediaite.com, is using that ambiguity to build a business model on other companies' content.

Library of Congress Liberates iPhones, E-Books

iPhone and e-Book users may be feeling a bit more liberated, following an announcement Monday that loosens the Digital Millennium Copyright Act provisions. Basically, the ruling means folks can legally disable the restrictive software controls on devices like Apple's iPhone or Amazon's Kindle.

Little Hope for Legacy News Organizations

Copyright and fair use doctrine were at the heart of a recent debate about how news organizations are going to make money in the digital age -- if indeed they are.