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Copying an Entire Article Can Still Be Considered Fair Use

Techdirt reports on Berkeley law professor Jason Schultz’s amicus brief, in which he explains why reproducing an entire article within your article can still be considered fair use (and thus, legal):

Indeed, the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, and this Court have all found the use of entire copyrighted works to be consistent with the fair-use doctrine. Those rulings recognize that copyright law balances two important public interests: promoting creative expression and encouraging the use of copyrighted works for socially beneficial purposes.

Looks like I should start cutting-and-pasting more frequently for my blog posts…

For a good primer on fair use, especially as it relates to bloggers, check out Rachel Sklar’s detailed analysis.

  • This is interesting, but surely the argument must be that your article has to add content to what you're cutting and pasting. This isn't a defense for what Coming Soon does, which is just to take entire articles, trim them up and post them with via links. Right?