Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sharing of television news clips hangs in the fair-use balance;, 12/2/15

David Kravets,; Sharing of television news clips hangs in the fair-use balance:
"Fox News is winning more than just the news network ratings wars. It's also winning the battle against copyright's fair use doctrine.
In August, a federal judge sided (PDF) with the news station's copyright-infringement lawsuit against a television and radio clipping service known as TVEyes, which charges as much as $500 a month for its service. A New York federal judge ruled that wanton sharing, time searching, and downloading of Fox News' news segments is not fair use. Then in November, US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled TVEyes could not allow its clients—like the White House, American Red Cross, members of Congress, and others—to download Fox News clips. The judge also ordered TVEyes to block users from searching Fox News clips and from allowing them to share them on social media...
All of this begs the question of what is fair use. It's complicated, and there is no bright-line rule."

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