Sued for Copyright

http://waxy.org/2011/06/kind_of_screwed/

In Andy Baio’s case, I do believe that they had rights to sue him for his actions. From my understanding, “fair use” rule only supports the idea of using others’ work without permission for commentary and criticizing purposes, but this is not what was happening. He used the photographer’s work to make his own album cover.

Appeal Finds Fair Use In Richard Prince’s “Canal Zone” Series

This case, on the other hand; I feel it was following the “fair use” rule slightly better. Things are drawn on the original picture to indicate some sort of a commentary.

Creativity and Copyright

Copyright is the use of others’ work without proper written permission; not abiding the law could lead to serious legal troubles. Copyright law exists due to certain people, institutions, and so forth, not wanting others to utilize their production; they want them to be exclusive to their own selves. On the web, however, I personally don’t feel this particular rule is enforced very strongly, which allows users to set their creativity free. When it is enforced, most people would have to face is taking down the content. “Culture. In computer terminology, read-write culture. It’s a kind of culture where all people participate in creation and re-creation, which makes it read-write.” This is a quote from Larry Lessig’s TEDTalk How Creativity Is Being Strangled by the Law. People do put their hands together on getting things done and having things come into fruition, and I feel that the less it is restricted, the better it is for us.