Five Takeaways from World’s Fair Use Day

Gigi Sohn of Public Knowledge has a post that so well captures the lessons of the day that I am not sure I’ll be able to find anything in my notes that she overlooked. The event was the brain child of her organization, so this is hardly surprising. I might be able to offer some personal experiences and/or insights when I get a chance to sit down with my notes, tomorrow.

I especially liked how she captured the thread on understanding the difference between copyright/fair use concerns versus business model failures. That and the especially enlightened remarks of Nina Paley.

Of all the panelists, only filmmaker Nina Paley makes a living from her artistry, and interestingly, she admitted that she made more from giving away her film “Sita Sings the Blues” than she ever made by controlling her work. None of the other panelists blamed Internet “piracy” for the fact that their artistry is not their main source of income.

If you don’t have time to sift through the live blog posts from the day or sit through the video streams, you should at least read through Gigi’s post.

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