Copyright, fair use and the advance of culture

By Laurence Kaye

A lot of the debate about copyright has become polarised. It’s ‘big media’ v the ‘little guy’. It’s ‘closed copyright, a barrier to innovation’ v ‘open internet, cultural advancement and freedom of expression’. It’s bad guy, good guy.

It’s also not unusual to read that the absence of a ‘fair use’ doctrine in Europe and elsewhere acts as a break on creativity and a barrier to innovation. No doubt I could be accused of doing the same thing when I write that copyright is a Darwinian species, capable of adapting to the network. However, if we are going to move into a more nuanced debate, I think it’s worth making four basic points…

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