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RIP Fair use?

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Monday, Feb 6, 2006

A disturbing article about a bill coming up for a Congressional vote concering fair use: Important New Legislation Proposal.  As the article summarizes, any visual mention of a piece of art, be it in a classroom or online forum or movie parody may not stand the test of the court room.  Any company can come after someone who uses one of their images even in a non-commercial way and threaten them with enough lawsuits to stiffle them.  Forgetting first ammendment arguments, this could also spell the end to a lot of discussions about popular culture if any part of it doesn’t pass a corporation’s smell test.  If this doesn’t sound peachy to you, the article linked above has information about how you can make your voice heard about this revolting situation.

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