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Is This The Scary TRUTH About Fair Use?


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As content creators, most of us love ๐Ÿ’– the copyright doctrine of fair use. 

In case youโ€™re unfamiliar, this doctrine allows content creators like us to use copyrighted material on our social media pages without facing infringement charges.

Fair use claims that by transforming ๐ŸŒ€ a piece of content with commentary ๐Ÿ’ฌ, critique, satire, or another strategy, content creators can make that material their own, and therefore own the rights to it.

While fair use has allowed for social media trends like livestream gameplay ๐ŸŽฎ, remixes, mashups ๐ŸŽผ, and reaction ๐Ÿ˜ฏ videos, it has also had some detrimental effects on copyright holders.

Why do we have fair use ๐Ÿค”? 

Tech companies like @google and @youtube fight โš”๏ธ for the doctrine of fair use because it legalizes a large portion of the content on their platforms.

Without the protection ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ granted by fair use, YouTubers, Instagrammers, and all other influencers would have a difficult time creating totally original content 100% of the time, and the digital world as we know it would hardly exist.

The scary ๐Ÿ‘ป truth about fair use

While fair use has made life easier for influencers and content creators, it has created a nightmare for record ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ labels, publishers ๐Ÿ“š, and Hollywood โœจ producers.

In reality, it often doesnโ€™t take much to be โ€œfairโ€; as a result, a ton of copyrighted content is being accessed for free online ๐ŸŒ.

Weโ€™ve all seen bootlegged movies ๐ŸŽž๏ธ, Broadway shows, and music albums ๐Ÿ’ฟ on fair use law YouTube, some of which are posted unaltered to the site!

This abuse is usually a result of the lack of time constraints โŒ› outlined in the fair use doctrine, which legalizes any use of content that does not include the entirety of the material.

While lawyers and legal advisors usually recommend re-using no more than thirty seconds โฑ๏ธ of an existing song or video, there is technically no legal limit to how much content one can use.

Therefore, the dangerous truth about fair use? It could be doing more harm than good ๐Ÿ˜ฑ.