Monday, May 21, 2007

Copyright: A Fair(y) Use Tale

Even as a kid, I wasn't overly fond of cartoons. But the wits of Media Education Foundation have mashed-up clips from 27 (yes, I counted) Disney animated films to explain copyright, and the video (which is hosted by Stanford University's Fair Use Project) is a scream. I had to pause it twice because I was chuckling too hard to pay attention, and I didn't want to miss anything.

If you don't understand the concept and legalities of copyright, this is a must-watch video. If you have a fairly good grasp of copyright law, it's an absolutely must-watch video that will encourage you to examine your position on the doctrine of fair use and the duration of copyright.

I snatched the link from Wired, which says, "Disney lawyers' heads must be spinning over this one." Yeah, I'll bet.

Have fun, kids. And be patient while the video loads. The thing is ten minutes long.


pacatrue said...

That was very well done. Thanks for the link.

It will be interesting to see what happens to copyright law in the current climate of sampled creations that are so prevalent on YouTube and across the digital world.

Alex Peterson said...

Thanks for posting this link to Eric Faden's short film! This will be available as an extra on the new documentary from the Media Education Foundation, Freedom of Expression.

Brenda Coulter said...

Alex and Paca, you're very welcome. I found the video vastly entertaining and thought-provoking, so I just had to share it.

Mirtika said...

I loved that! Funny and informational. And I have to admit, I'm not well-informed on the subject. I am mostly clueless. This was tres cool.


Allan said...

What a scream and yes it is even more so if you're already conversant on the subject of copyrights and fair use.