Demonstrating the Mouse’s Absurd Copyright Practices by Using the Mouse’s Work

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.

Found via Walt Crawford’s Walt At Random posting. Walt, by the way, is seeking employment opportunities starting later this year.

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.)