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Tangled Up In Seuss

Publication Date: 
April 13, 2007
Dan Brekke

This story is about a musician whose finished product sounds like Bob Dylan singing Dr.Seuss. Not surprisingly the musician is now needing to defend himself against copyright infringement violations. Dan Brekke mentions Professor Lessig's book "Free Culture" and quotes him:

"In theory, fair use means you need no permission," Lessig concludes. "The theory therefore supports free culture and insulates against a permission culture." But summarizing Else's experience, he says, "The fuzzy lines of the law, tied to the extraordinary liability if lines are crossed, means that the effective fair use for many types of creators is slight. The law has the right aim; practice has defeated the aim."