The Supreme Court will rule this year on Google v. Oracle, and when it does, it can rein in both Google and the legal doctrine of ‘transformative use,’ an abuse of the ‘fair use’ exceptions to copyright laws.
By barricading access to annotated codes that hold legal power and that the government partially funds, states unjustly deny people the right to properly understand the extent of the law, and defend themselves in court.
Instead of blaming the DOJ for the frustration of artists like Rihanna and Jagger, policymakers should consider revisiting the unrestrained corporate greed that brought about these restraints.
A federal court judge just rejected Richard Prince’s claim that his use of another artist’s work was so patently innovative, he shouldn’t have to go to trial for charges of infringement.
Our commerce and speech are often inseparably linked, such that the government’s attempt to limit one results in limiting the other.
Are creators entitled to the fruits of their hard work, imagination, and creativity? The cultural left for which Richard Prince is the poster boy says no.
Donald Trump would not let Steven Tyler drink Trump Vodka for free. Why should he expect to use Tyler’s music for free?
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