Is it Fair Use? Four Seasons of Fair/Foul Use

Ed Sullivan vs. the Jersey Boys A long time ago, about 50 years ago, in the 1960’s, there was a band from New Jersey called the Four Lovers. When they failed at a 1960 audition to be the lounge singers at a New Jersey bowling alley called the Four Seasons, they...

Throwing Back the Throwbacks on Is it Fair Use?

When History Really Just Commercial Nostalgia? Last week I wrote about a copyright lawsuit involving the Baltimore Ravens, and in so doing, managed also to mention the San Francisco 49ers*. They both won their respective games and will now meet in the Super Bowl. In...

Is It Fair Use? Fowl Doings in Raven-land`

A Case that Just Keeps Giving to Copyright Lawyers It’s been a long time since our last edition of the fast-paced game that’s sweeping the nation, Is It Fair Use? Yes, I’ve been busy, but the real reason is that there just haven’t been any...

More Artist-on-Artist Fair Use Action: An Iconic Scream, a Rap Icon

Can Green Day Exit Through the Gift Shop? Are you ready for another installment of Is it Fair Use?, the fast-paced, action-packed game in which I give you a fact pattern, and you take a blind stab at whether the court found or didn’t find fair use. Today’s installment...