I had a project that required getting 780,000 zipcode-to-zipcode driving times to determine who could be recruited to visit a given hospital into a clinical trial. I programmed both Google and MapQuest queries and found MapQuest to be 5 times faster and they wouldn't charge to use it. I emailed them as requested to let them know what I was planning. They said to please only use two parallel queries at a time. Four days later I was done. My research goes on.
During the early 70's it was common on radio to hear comedy novelty songs that were built on short clips of current hits. Also, Carol Burnett once did a skit with under thirty seconds of each song they sang because they couldn't afford royalties. Would they be sued today?
For journal articles that have a government employee as an author, there is already a requirement that the article be in the public domain. I'm not sure how often this actually happens, but there's a separate signature line for such authors when you are otherwise signing your rights away.
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