In a continuing series of scenarios that explore educational fair use issues.
Tony, a high school librarian, would like to read short excerpts from books and use them to accompany podcast reviews on his blog. He reasons that printing excerpts from books is allowable under fair use exceptions for criticism. The excerpts would only be two or three paragraphs from novel-length works, each chosen to reinforce a point made in the review. He is confident that this use meets all of the fair use tests (financial impact, educational use, etc.), but Tony worries that changing the format from print to audio is changing the game.
- What is the copyrighted material? Who owns it?
- Does the use of the work fall under fair use guidelines? Is the use transformational in nature? Can this be considered "educational" use?
- What is your level of comfort helping with this event? Are there any changes or limits you might like to see that would make you more comfortable?
Your level of comfort with this use of copyrighted materials: High 5 4 3 2 1 Low
You comments are most welcome.