Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University demonstrates principles of fair use to give an overview of U.S. copyright principles in A Fair(y) Use Tale — a 10-minute video in five acts. Using clips from dozens of Disney films, Faden gives the historical perspective and underlying principles for copyright law in the United States. This is a great conversation starter for discussions about changing copyright — not only for its content, but also for its use of media from the very corporate interest that has had a big hand in the ongoing march towards indefinite copy rights. Wired Magazine’s blog also has a commentary on the video.
The text was modified to update a link from http://www2.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1998/08/10/cq/disney.html to http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1998/08/10/cq/disney.html on January 20th, 2011.(This post was updated on 19-Jan-2011.)