The Rest Of The Story: Fair Use School Created To Respond To YouTube's Questionable Copyright School
from the fair-use-tube dept
Back in April, we were pretty surprised to see YouTube launch a “copyright school”, with a video and quiz that seemed woefully limited, and at times, misleading — especially on fair use. Google has traditionally been pretty good on copyright issues, so it was unexpected that it would put out one of those kinds of propaganda videos, especially one that implied fair use was something you shouldn’t bother with at all, and that all videos should be entirely new and original. Public Knowledge responded by offering up $1,000 for whoever could create a better video.
The winner has been announced, and it’s Patrick McKay for his “Fair Use School,” that takes the same basic style and makes a video about fair use, and which explains YouTube’s DMCA counternotice setup:
Of course, it’s fair to say that McKay (admittedly) simplifies things a bit in saying what is “probably” fair use, which is a big part of the problem. Since fair use isn’t a hard set of rules, but rather basically whatever judges decide fair use is, it’s sometimes difficult to assume what is and what is not fair use.