Dan Bull: Censored By Copyright For Protesting Being Censored By Copyright
from the more-copyright-as-censorship dept
On Friday, we wrote about the ridiculous situation in which Lord Finesse issued a takedown for Dan Bull’s video that was critical of Finesse’s lawsuit against Mac Miller. Over the weekend, Dan decided to do a “documentary” style video about the situation, entitled CENSORED BY COPYRIGHT. It’s eight minutes, and worth watching in its entirety:
In the meantime, Lord Finesse posted something on his own Facebook account, implying that Dan Bull has no fair use claim, because he has ads on his YouTube channel. Of course, that’s not quite how fair use works. While the fact that Dan might make some money could play into whether or not it’s fair use, the fact that you monetize your work does not automatically mean you lose fair use protections. As Dan notes in his own comment, news organizations — magazines, newspaper, TV news and radio — are all for-profit ventures, and are probably the biggest users of fair use. What Dan was doing here was providing commentary on the news in the same way that a news program or magazine might.