Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Fair(y) Use Tale

I just had dinner with my old friend ATK, something of an historian of copyright, and he recommended this toe-curlingly delicious mashup of Disney clips, A Fair(y) Use Tale (2007).

As you may know, Disney® is one of the most ferocious proponents of draconian copyright laws (specifically the Sonny Bono/Mickey Mouse Copyright Extension Act)--though the company itself made its fortune using stories that belong to the entire human race.

To qualify for Fair Use, this parody is composed of micro-clips, which let Disney characters explain "what" "is" "copy" "right" in their own words.

Film professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms."

From The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) , housed at Stanford Law School.


Dania said...

I never thought I'd run across an entertaining, yet informative piece on copyright. Thanks for posting this. Wow!

I can't even imagine the time it took to piece that video together.

Margaret said...

A man at the bookstore explained this to me last year when I was paying something ridiculous for a Tom Stoppard play.
"It's all Disney's fault" he said.

bink said...

I remember seeing this vid when it first came out. It's brilliant. Now that I've done some film editing, putting it together seems even more amazing than it did before.

Fresca said...

I can just barely imagine watching all those movies searching for the one instance someone says "fourteen"!
Hopefully Faden's students helped him.