Important Survey On Fair Use Practices And Understanding

from the take-part dept

Elisa Kreisinger, an artist who makes strong use of fair use for remixing in her art, and refers to herself as a "pop culture pirate," has put together a survey about how people use fair use. Since many of our readers here have experience with fair use, we urge you to take part in the survey. It's especially targeted at creators who have to deal with fair use on a regular basis.
Remixers are not pirates or lawbreakers. We actually make some of the best (not to mention funniest and most entertaining) examples of Fair Use in action. But we need to know the law, our rights under it and assert these rights when needed.

We’re at a pivotal point in remix culture: artists and creators and makers have a working understanding of Fair Use; we talk about at conferences, on Twitter and of course on YouTube. But for all the talk, we’re still confused about how to use it and our Fair Use work is continually threatened by takedowns and copyright violations. As a result, when forced to defend or dispute the legality of our work, we often succumb to myths that favor the copyright holder over ourselves as creators. My Eyebeam/Public Knowledge installation, Fair Use(r), seeks to shed light on this dynamic through crowd sourcing data on artists experiences’ negotiating Fair Use in remix culture. Anyone can participate, starting today, right here.

As she notes, this is part of a new art project she's working on, as an artist-in-residence for Eyebeam and Public Knowledge. The survey itself is only open for another day or so, so please take the time to fill it out and share your experiences with fair use.
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Filed Under: copyright, creativity, elisa kreisinger, fair use, remix

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    Karl (profile), 24 Oct 2013 @ 5:14pm

    Re: Second-handers.

    Except those aren't myths; they're clearly derived from common law that might be expressed "I made it, therefore I own it; you do not".

    Copyright is not based on common law.

    Fair use, on the other hand, is based on common law.

    It's amazing how completely wrong you are about everything.

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