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Social media photos, once again, are not fair game

Mark Sableman January 29, 2019
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For those who missed the message five years ago that social media photos aren’t free to use, a new decision has renewed and reinforced that message. The circumstances of the case may make this decision hard to forget or ignore. READ MORE

It’s no joke: Some copyrights are thin weaklings

Mark Sableman October 30, 2017
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If copyrights are intangible, how can they also be “thin” or “broad,” “weak” or “strong” – words that are frequently used to describe the breadth of a copyright’s application in infringement cases? READ MORE

Fox News fair use claim for Facebook post of 9-11 image remains unresolved

Mike Nepple July 7, 2016
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Earlier this year, just hours before beginning jury selection, Fox News settled a copyright dispute regarding its use of Thomas Franklin’s iconic photograph, “Raising the Flag at Ground Zero,” thus leaving its fair use argument unresolved. READ MORE

Is appropriation art ‘fair use’?

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The artist Richard Prince, who is sometimes known as the #PrinceofAppropriation, claims that copyright law protects the artistic style he calls “appropriation art.” Photographer Donald Graham filed suit against Prince, alleging Prince infringed the copyright in Graham’s photograph. READ MORE