Re: [Videolib] Fair Use Cases

From: Susan Albrecht <>
Date: Thu Jul 30 2009 - 09:10:16 PDT

Kind of disappointing that none of the cases in the list appears to
pertain directly to film, though. Bah.


At 11:05 AM 7/30/2009, you wrote:
>I asked several well-respected copyright scholars about the question
>of "portion" in the law. They all agreed that this has not been
>understood in case law as a limit what can be justified as a fair
>use and provided a whole list of cases where entire uses were upheld
>as fair. One of the scholars is currently working on a chapter for
>a book that details all the fair use cases in the past 10 years.
>None of these cases fit the entire book or entire film argument that
>often comes up when discussions of fair use occur on this list and
>it is not my purpose to put these forward as support for such
>uses. I am simply arguing against reductionist approaches to fair use.
>Here is his response:
>here's a few cases that fair resulted and amount was 100%
>Courts recently have stressed that if the purpose (first factor) is
>good, the relationship to the third ("how much" factor), is not how
>much but have you taken only as much as is necessary to effect or
>accomplish that "good" purpose, in a case like the TurnItIn database
>(plagiarism detection) in order for the database to be effective and
>accomplish that good purpose of plagiarism detection, 100% of each
>student paper is needed, courts tend then to conclude that this
>factor given the circumstances is of little help, neutral, etc.
>1. Nunez v. Caribbean International News Corp., 235 F.3d 18 (1st
>Cir. 2000) (use of publicity head shot in a news story fair use).
>2. Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp., 336 F.3d 811 (9th Cir. 2003)
>(minimized copies of Internet photographs in image index website fair use).
>3. A.V. v. iParadigms, Ltd., 562 F.3d 630 (4th Cir. 2009) (use of
>student papers in plagiarism detection database fair use).
>4. Field v. Google, Inc., 412 F. Supp. 2d 1106 (D. Nev. 2006)
>(Google, Inc. caching of images fair use).
>5. Perfect 10 v. Google, Inc., 487 F.3d 701 (9th Cir. 2007)
>(Google, Inc. cache of images fair use).
>6. Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464
>U.S. 417 (1984) (home recording (time-shifting) of broadcast
>television programs including commercials to watch at a later time fair use).
>7. Atari Games Corp. v. Nintendo of America, Inc., 975 F.2d 832
>(Fed Cir. 1992) (reverse engineering (copying) of computer program
>as intermediate step to extracting unprotected elements can be a fair use).
>8. Evolution, Inc. v. SunTrust Bank, 342 F. Supp. 2d 943 (D. Kan.
>2004) (de-compilation of software in order to extract out
>unprotected elements fair use).
>9. Sega Enterprises Ltd. v. Accolade, Inc., 977 F.2d 1510 (9th Cir.
>1992) (de-compilation of software program to extract unprotected
>elements fair use).
>10.Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. v. Connectix Corp., 203 F.3d
>596 (9th Cir. 2000), cert. denied 531 U.S. 871 (2000) (copying
>computer code to extract unprotected elements fair use).

Susan Albrecht
Acquisitions Manager
Wabash College Lilly Library
Crawfordsville, IN

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