Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Weekend Links!

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* Big fair use decision: specific commentary on the original work is not required for a fair use defense.

* Finding common ground with Senator Coburn: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude major professional sports leagues from qualifying as tax-exempt organizations.

* Gasp! Many students stay away from online courses in subjects they deem especially difficult or interesting, according to a study released this month by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. The finding comes just as many highly selective colleges are embracing online learning and as massive open online courses are gaining popularity and standing.

“What we’re saying is that bargain-basement (clothing) is automatically leading towards these types of disasters,” John Hilary, executive director at British charity War on Want, told Reuters.

* Bad Robot will adapt 11/22/63.

* Canada gets it right: “The legal test for a true volunteer arrangement looks at several factors, but merely agreeing to work without pay does not in itself make you a volunteer,” Ministry of Labour spokesperson Jonathon Rose wrote in an email. See also Natalia Cecire:

Like the hypothetical minimum-wage high schooler whose income serves as pocket money, non-essential and destined for “fun,” the youthful volunteer, who may very well intrinsically enjoy the work, authorizes a category of labor exploitation that is not only okay but also okay to take as the norm for the labor of cultural preservation. “I can get you a twenty-year-old!” is, in that sense, not a labor solution but its opposite: a commitment to the norm that this work will be unpaid.

* Whitewashing and manwashing cinema.

* Mother Jones profiles the great Tig Notaro.

What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill.

* And 66 behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of The Empire Strikes Back.



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  1. “The court decided that artwork does not need to comment on previous work to qualify as fair use, and that Prince’s testimony is not the dispositive question in determining whether a work is transformative. Rather the issue is how the work may reasonably be perceived.” (italics mine)

    The latter’s pretty important, too.

    Alex Greenberg

    April 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    • Yeah, it’s a good decision. I suspect SCOTUS will be along any minute to trash it.


      April 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

      • That’s what’s always driven me crazy about the old rule: a remix comments on the old work by definition, period.


        April 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

      • I do understand aspects of the “commentary” rule, although I think it applies less to “high art” than to design. For instance, if Target starts producing a bag that they found on etsy (this happened), with maybe a few buttons added, the “commentary on the original” standard seems like it might be useful.

        Alex Greenberg

        April 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      • There are other elements of the fair use defense that would potentially intervene there, for instance, the commercial/noncommercial distinction, but point taken.


        April 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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