The International Whisper Campaign Against Fair Use
from the fairness-is-a-problem dept
William Patry notes that the latest is a worldwide "whisper" campaign to convince countries that "fair use" would violate international treaties, and thus, new copyright laws should not include fair use. That's why some of the recent copyright law proposals we've been hearing about have more or less ignored fair use. While some politicians know enough not to fall for this, many who are not familiar with the ins-and-outs of copyright are falling for the bogus claims that implementing fair use would somehow violate international treaties (a common tactic used to frighten politicians who know little about copyright). In the link above, William Patry, trashes the claims that fair use goes against treaties. While this may seem like a minor squabble, being prepared to respond to lobbyist fabrications is important. Otherwise, problems with copyright law will only get worse and worse.