Fifth Fair Use Factor: Must Be Leftist, Liberal, or Democrat
I just mentioned the fair use double-edged sword this morning, and as luck would have it, a perfect example arrived in my e-mail box a few hours ago. Oh, by “perfect example” I mean the (obvious) “fair use” hypocrisy when it comes to free-for-all appropriation of copyrighted works. What, exactly, am I talking about?
David Byrnes (Talking Heads guru), has settled his copyright infringement lawsuit against former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist over the unauthorized use of the Talking Heads song “Road To Nowhere” in a 2010 political ad. Charlie Crist is a Republican. Crist used Byrnes’ song while running as a Republican candidate. Charlie Crist is a Republican. And, oh, yes, Crist is a Republican. In case I haven’t mentioned it, Crist is a Republican.
I wonder what the “free culture” lobbyists have to say about fair use, free culture, and the world is our public domain oyster when it comes to a Republican politician using an artist’s song without the artists permission? We certainly know what Byrne thinks…and it’s not good for Republicans.