fair use

  • Fun With Fair Use: Daily Mail Steals Blogger’s Image, Refuses To Pay Up

    Fun With Fair Use: Daily Mail Steals Blogger’s Image, Refuses To Pay Up

    Alice Taylor, CEO of Makielab and wife of BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow, took a nice snapshot of a anorexic mannequin in an “Always Skinny” display at the Gap. The mannequin is clearly emaciated and, skinny tights or no, probably should get some help. Alice snapped a picture, Cory posted it, all was right with the world. The Daily Mail’s blogger, one Ariel Ramerez, asked… Read More

  • Fair Use in 2008: What it is, what it isn't

    [photopress:fairuseee.jpg,full,center] The ongoing “he said, she said” debate about copyright over at Bits is more or less what you’d expect: the stuffy lawyer type demonizing anything and everything that doesn’t grant media companies full and unfettered access to sell and re-sell you their junk, and a youngish, cool-looking guy pulling the old “man, what is… Read More

  • When people pretending to represent Ashton Kutcher's photographers attack

    When people pretending to represent Ashton Kutcher's photographers attack

    We here at CrunchGear are no strangers to frivolous lawsuits (Peter Ha, for example, married then divorced two sisters in one family and that still hasn’t gotten sorted out. Crazy bigamy/incest laws!), but this one takes the cake. A gentleman named Richard Figueroa is apparently representing an image of Ashton Kutcher that used to show up on Google when you searched for the… Read More

  • YouTube Wants To Question Stewart and Colbert

    With the debate over copyright between YouTube and Viacom heating up, the online video site is hoping that some of its biggest stars will help them out in the debate over fair use of TV clips. YouTube intends to question Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on what they think about Viacom’s decision to sue YouTube. The company needs 30 depositions from people to keep the legal battle… Read More

  • Oh No She Didn't! iTunes 7.1.1 Cracked!

    Oh No She Didn't! iTunes 7.1.1 Cracked!

    The current version of iTunes, 7.1.1, has been cracked by the creators of QTFairUse6. QTFairUse6 allows for you to strip your iTMS-purchased songs of their nasty DRM. Currently, the software is only for Windows, so us Mac OS X users will have to wait until someone makes a version for us. Chances are Apple has already been informed and iTunes 7.1.2 is in the works as an update. So if you hate… Read More

  • Handgun Restrictions No! Used CD Restrictions Si!

    Handgun Restrictions No! Used CD Restrictions Si!

    Apparently, fair use is going to hell in a hand-basket very soon. If I buy a CD and don’t want to keep it anymore, I should be able to sell it to a third-party for a considerable sum of money. According to Florida and Utah law though, you can’t do that. In fact, these two states are placing restrictions on the sale of used CDs so that you must submit plenty of identification as well… Read More

  • Congress Introduces Digital Fair Use Bill – An End To DRM?

    Congress Introduces Digital Fair Use Bill – An End To DRM?

    Sometimes it takes bold moves for real action to happen. Lucky for us, Representatives Richard Boucher from Virginia and John Dolittle from California have the guts to stand up to the RIAA and say “We don’t need no stinkin’ DRM!” The digital fair use bill was introduced to Congress today, which is supposed to give customers more rights when buying digital content. Read More