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May 24, 2007


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Don't you think part of the problem here is the simple lack of precedent? It seems to me you could make an awfully strong case that the Faden video is a transformative use. While in the aggregate, he used about 10 minutes of footage, I don't think any one segment is more than a couple of seconds long. But Disney's smart enough not to sue in a case like this where there'd be a high probability of setting an unfavorable precedent. So there's a big grey area in the law: there are lots of uses that most people think are probably fair use, but that's not enough certainty to build a business on, so such activities remain in the fringes.

I'm not sure what the solution is. I'm always skeptical about having Congress get involved, I imagine that at some point, a mashed-up video work will become a big enough success that the relevant copyright holder will choose to sue. But in the meantime, I think the legal gray area may be holding back this type of creativity.

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