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Toward a Defense of Fair Use Enablement, or How U.S. Copyright Law is Hurting My Daughter

Journal, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Vol. 57, No.3, Spring 2010

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 204

25 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2010 Last revised: 30 Nov 2010

Joseph P. Liu

Boston College - Law School

Date Written: July 1, 2010

Abstract

This Essay uses a personal anecdote to highlight a gap in current copyright law. Under current copyright doctrine, companies sued for direct copyright infringement are not generally able to assert the fair use arguments of their customers. Thus, for example, a photocopy shop sued for assembling course packs cannot argue that it is facilitating the fair use privileges of its student customers. This Essay argues that this approach is mistaken because it fails to take adequate account of the important role companies can play in practically enabling the fair use privileges of their customers. To fill this gap, this Essay proposes that copyright law recognize a new defense of fair use enablement.

Keywords: copyright liability, fair use

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Liu, Joseph P., Toward a Defense of Fair Use Enablement, or How U.S. Copyright Law is Hurting My Daughter (July 1, 2010). Journal, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Vol. 57, No.3, Spring 2010; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 204. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1664006

Joseph P. Liu (Contact Author)

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