How many times have comments about copyright included some variation on the theme “I would not pirate, if the revenue went to the artists instead of big corporations.”? Not only is this sentiment a fallacy based on ignorance about how the creative markets work, but these insincere claims to support the real creators ring especially hollow in context to those ...

Photo by author. This week the Supreme Court declined to consider the Authors Guild v Google case, which lets stand the Second Circuit Court ruling that Google’s use of scanned published works for its search tool Google Books constitutes a fair use.  Various pundits and advocates have hailed this as a victory for the fair use principle.  In fact, I ...

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