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The Myth of Copyright's Fair Use Doctrine as a Protector of Free Speech


Lee Ann W. Lockridge


Louisiana State University Law Center

November 2007

Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, Vol. 24, p. 31, 2007

Abstract:     
This article debunks the myth that the fair use doctrine exists to protect the freedom of speech within copyright. Using the history of fair use in the courts and in Congress, as well as recent case law, the Article demonstrates that fair use is not, and never has been, intended or designed to restrain copyright in the face of the First Amendment. The conflict between copyright and free speech could be lessened by reforming the balance of interests within fair use to eliminate the focus on commercial use and to expand the understanding of the broader public-benefit purpose underlying the Supreme Court's analysis of transformative uses. This broadening of what constitutes a "fair" purpose and character of a use would create an opportunity for judicial balancing of the interests promoted by both copyright and the First Amendment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 73

Keywords: copyright, fair use, First Amendment, free speech

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Date posted: June 24, 2008  

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Lockridge, Lee Ann W., The Myth of Copyright's Fair Use Doctrine as a Protector of Free Speech (November 2007). Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, Vol. 24, p. 31, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1148257

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Louisiana State University Law Center ( email )
440 Law Center Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States
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