Copyright Regulation and Fair Use

15 Nov

The lines between copyright material and free content seems to be distorted in the Internet advanced world. For example, Righthaven, a copyright litigation company sued Wayne Hoehn for posting a material to prompt discussion. Righthaven argued that the posting decrease the number of hits the Review-Journal site would receive. The judge also found out that the posting is for non-commercial use.

Copyright is the right to reproduce someone’s copyrighted works. This includes, literary, pictures, blueprints, music, screenplays and audiovisuals. (Kyrnin, 2011) Ownership of a book, transferring and including acknowledgement on a copied work does not give any rights in the copyright. Permission has to be asked from the copyright holder if the work is protected by copyright. (Copyright Clearance Center, 2011)

(Source: Gaebler, 2011)

People often have the thoughts that anything posted on the Internet can be copied and downloaded. The truth is that anything on the Internet are being protected by copyright like anything you seen on book. (Washington State University, 2011) Davies G. (2011) said that copyright owner have the responsibility to avoid third party from copying their work, duplicate another copy and make recording to publish it to websites and internet. It is illegal to download or scan the copy only if it is stated to be copyright-free.

Fair use is created for the purpose of protecting copyright work for commentary, news reporting, parody, research and education.

The content can be used as fair use if it is for:

  • Commercial nature or non-profit educational purposes
  • Using only merely factual work
  • Using only portion of the copyright protected work
  • Purpose of the use competes with the potential market

 Although fair use allows people to use material for non-profit education purpose, sometimes the materials that are publish only is purely plagiarized. In this case, fair use could not be applied anymore. Fair use includes quotation of review and short passages for illustration purposes, reproduction of material for classroom use and for parody of short portions. (Copyright Clearance Center, 2011)

In my opinion, people have to always seek permission of copyright holder for any material that is used for any purposes. It is our responsibility to protect the copyright of the material used for our own purpose. It is to maintain the originality work of the author.



1. Kyrnin J. (2011), Copyright on the Web: Being on the Web Doesn’t Make it Public Domain – Protect Your Rights viewed on 13 November 2011

2. Copyright Clearance Centre (2011), On Copyright Education viewed on 13 November 2011

3. Washington State University (2011), The Internet and Copyright: How the Law Applies to the Internet viewed on 13 November 2011

4. Davies G. (2011) General guidelines on copyright: What is Copyright viewed on 13 November 2011


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