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Copyright and Fair Use
A healthy copyright system must balance the need to provide strong economic incentives through exclusive rights with the need to protect important public interests like free speech and expression. Fair use is foundational to that balance. It's role is to prevent copyright from stifling the creativity it is supposed to foster, and from imposing other burdens that would inhibit rather than promote the creation and spread of knowledge and learning.
The Fair Use Project (FUP) was founded in 2006 to provide legal support to a range of projects designed to clarify, and extend, the boundaries of fair use in order to enhance creative freedom and protect important public rights. It is the only organization in the country dedicated specifically to providing free and comprehensive legal representation to authors, filmmakers, artists, musicians and other content creators who face unmerited copyright claims, or other improper restrictions on their expressive interests. The FUP has litigated important cases across the country, and in the Supreme Court of the United States, and worked with scores of filmmakers and other content creators to secure the unimpeded release of their work.
Executive Director of the Fair Use Project, Anthony Falzone's argument before the Supreme Court in the case of Golan v. Holder is featured in the below Daily Journal article by Robert Iafolla Read more about Court Weighs Copyrights Of Foreign Works
Anthony Falzone, Executive Director of the Fair Use Project, is quoted by Jess Barvin in the below Wall Street Journal article on the case of Golan v. Holder, and how because "foreign authors didn't have copyrights at the outset, Congress can't extend them now."
Supreme Court justices riffed on artists from Shostakovich to Jimi Hendrix in arguments Wednesday about whether Congress can grant copyrights to works by foreign authors never before protected in the U.S. Read more about Copyright Law Challenged