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The New Music Business Takes Shape: Inside the RIAA's 2011 Year-End Numbers

The New Music Business Takes Shape: Inside the RIAA's 2011 Year-End Numbers | Copy right law | Scoop.it
According to figures released Monday by the RIAA, growth in digital and synchronization revenue slightly outpaced the decline in physical revenue, leaving the U.S. recorded...
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THESE NUMBERS ARE BOGUS NOBODY BUYS CD'S LIKE THAT SO HOW CAN YOU BASE REVENUE OFF OF INCOMPLETE STATISTICS.

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What Is Fair Use?

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In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. In other words, fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement. If your use qualifies as a fair use, then it would not be considered an illegal infringement.

So what is a “transformative” use? If this definition seems ambiguous or vague, be aware that millions of dollars in legal fees have been spent attempting to define what qualifies as a fair use. There are no hard-and-fast rules, only general rules and varied court decisions, because the judges and lawmakers who created the fair use exception did not want to limit its definition. Like free speech, they wanted it to have an expansive meaning that could be open to interpretation.

Most fair use analysis falls into two categories: (1) commentary and criticism, or (2) parody.

Commentary and Criticism

If you are commenting upon or critiquing a copyrighted work — for instance, writing a book review — fair use principles allow you to reproduce some of the work to achieve your purposes. Some examples of commentary and criticism include:

quoting a few lines from a Bob Dylan song in a music reviewsummarizing and quoting from a medical article on prostate cancer in a news reportcopying a few paragraphs from a news article for use by a teacher or student in a lesson, orcopying a portion of a Sports Illustrated magazine article for use in a related court case.

The underlying rationale of this rule is that the public reaps benefits from your review, which is enhanced by including some of the copyrighted material. Additional examples of commentary or criticism are provided in the examples of fair use cases.

Parody

A parody is a work that ridicules another, usually well-known work, by imitating it in a comic way. Judges understand that, by its nature, parody demands some taking from the original work being parodied. Unlike other forms of fair use, a fairly extensive use of the original work is permitted in a parody in order to “conjure up” the original.

- See more at: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/what-is-fair-use/#sthash.bLdEZbPS.dpuf

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FAIR USE IS ONE OF THE MAIN ENEMIES TO COPYRIGHT LAW. IN MY EYES BEING ABLE TO TAKE SOMETHING AND CHANGE IT SO DRASTICALLY  BUT STILL CALL IT YOURS IS NOT TO CREATIVE BUT AT THE SAME TIME IF WE DIDNT HAVE FAIR USE THERE REALLY WOULDN'T BE ALOT OF MUSIC BEING MADE I FEEL LIKE EVERY SOUND HAS BEEN USED BEFORE. SO IM THINKING FAIR USE GIVES THE ARTIST THE CHANCE TO BRANCH OFF AND DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MAKE SOMETHING EPIC.

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Copyright Basics

Take a crash course in U.S. copyright law with Jim T. Librarian, as he explains how to share copyrighted material at work while still respecting the rights o...
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BE SURE TO PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR WORK IS COPYRIGHTED AND BE SURE TO LEARN THE GUIDELINES OF FAIR USE....

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RIAA granted court request to obtain details of YouTube pirates ...

RIAA granted court request to obtain details of YouTube pirates ... | Copy right law | Scoop.it
The RIAA has been granted a request to obtain the personal details of two users who uploaded leaked Chris Brown tracks on YouTube. After discovering the leak earlier this month, the trade organisation contacted YouTube ...
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The leak came from with in the company and i believe thats were the investigation should start.

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RIAA wants 4th Amendment throw out

State lawmakers in California are moving a bill through their committees to allow warrantless searches of companies that press copies of compact discs and DV...
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THERE TRYING TO BUILD OFF A TIME THAT HAS PASSED CD'S nd vinyl are done they just need to regulate MP3 and downloads....

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The music industry, MP3 and copyright law

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As technology has progressed, legal questions have been raised as to how to enforce copyright law. When tape cassettes first appeared there was great concern from artists and music companies over the problems it would cause with piracy. A similar situation occurred when VHS launched onto the market, enraging the film industry. While a degree of piracy still occurs in these areas, the situation has been kept relatively under control, and both the music and film industry have been able to take advantage of new recording formats. But it now seems that the music industry has been caught rather short with the emergence of MP3 and, if it is to be believed, risks losing all control of its intellectual property.

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COPYRIGHT LAWS SEEM TO ALWAYS CHANGE WITH TECH. REASON BEING IS BECAUSE NEW TECH ALWAYS BRINGS NEW IDEAS TO PIRACY.

 

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The RIAA - Know Your Rights? No, You're Wrong?

Do you know your legal right when it comes to the music you listen to? Of course not! Because you don't really have any and once you figure them out, the Rec...
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RIGHTS I KINDA GET THE VIBE WE HAVE KNOWN ACCORDING TO THIS VIDEO THE RIAA JUST MAKES THEM UP AS THEY GO.

 

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