Friday, May 05, 2006

Disney's New Position on Copyright - Full Reproduction is 'Fair Use'


Well, not really.

But it is funny to trace back from this comment, the author of which is a Supervising Web Producer for E! Online, within the context that E! "is owned by a joint venture between Comcast (50%), The Walt Disney Company (40%), and Liberty Media (10%)."

After locking a thread in which somebody suggests that E! Online might be sued for allowing forum participants to post the full text of articles cut and pasted from copyrighted sources, an E! employee expressed, "we are looking into a definite set of guidelines to address these types of threads." When challenged further, the E! employee asserted,
fair use anyone?

http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html
This inspired the retort, "Posting the entire article is hardly fair use."The E! employee countered,
im not trying to challenge anyone. im just saying its not that clear cut. but we'll leave that up to our legal team. for now, please hang tight. thank you.
Perhaps he should run it past this legal team:
Disney Enterprises Inc. and four other entertainment giants are suing two downtown Los Angeles produce vendors for allegedly selling pinatas bearing unlicensed cartoon characters.

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Once, Disney sued a Florida day-care center that showed paintings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy on its outside walls. The school took down the pictures.
I'm not meaning to pick on E's staff here - I really mean to pick on Disney.

9 comments:

  1. I can't believe the nerve of some people. Oh, I'm sure E is so scared, because some stupid person wrote up a blog about E and a post. The stupidity of some people.

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  2. Does this mean all the kiddies who draw Mickey Mouse and sign their name at the bottom, will have to give up their little allowances?

    Maybe they should start teaching them in nursery school, that they can't do that, or they will be sued. I don't think anyone gives a shit about someone coping a tabloid story. If this is your life, oh, I guess it is, sorry.

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  3. I can't believe the nerve of some people. Oh, I'm sure E is so scared, because some stupid person wrote up a blog about E and a post. The stupidity of some people.

    I've never been able to quite believe the stupidity of some people. Perhaps I should have imposed an IQ test for posting, once I found out that a link had been posted at E!....

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  4. I don't think anyone gives a shit about the opinion of someone who

    A) Is too cowardly to write their own name, and

    B) Doesn't know the difference between "coping" and "copying."

    Sorry, the moron brigade is my fault. I put up a link at E!Tv.

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  5. Oh, and Hello, Roni.

    I thought you didn't need to hide behind anonymity? That you aren't afraid to speak your mind? Why didn't you sign your name to your comments, sunshine?

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  6. A) Is too cowardly to write their own name, and

    Wow... you totally busted Aaron! Who is this "Aaron"? Is that his/her real name? It's impossible to tell, because it's not like s/he has linked to his law firm site (with his full name with some biographical information) on the front page of his blog.

    Signed,
    Mike, a/k/a the blogger with no name.

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  8. Hi Mike,

    I think you misunderstood my comment. It was directed at the first two anonymous morons from E!, not Aaron.

    We are in agreement, you and I.

    - Lucida Ann (AKA Mrs. Larson)

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  9. Copyright infringment is completely wrong, even if it is just a silly ole tabloid article. SOMEONE has actually taken the time to put together an article, did the research, etc. and they deserve to be protected by the law. Period.

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