[LMB] OT: Fair use > From: Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>
paal at filker.org
Tue Mar 15 21:30:37 GMT 2016
When someone makes dozens of copies for classroom use, I believe that that
is NOT "fair use". A copy or two for personal research purposes or rather
excerpts, is one thing, wholesale copying without remuneration and/or
permission is gross abuse of "fair use".
Schools pay significant sums of money for textbooks, even ones for
long-out-of-copyright publications. Textbook companies are NOT benefactors
of humankind, just ask people paying for college textbooks--which cost a LOT
more than even newly published novels from pricey fiction publishers.
The claim of penury doesn';t stand up, teachers tend on the average to be
paid better than most writers are...
From: M. Haller Yamada
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:05 PM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Fair use > From: Howard Brazee
Actually, educational purposes is one of the fair uses in the copyright law.
think a lot of people win when a teacher copies a work. It's a hassle, so a
isn't doing it just on a whim, and it can be expensive in and of itself. So,
not something done lightly, I don't think. (Unless the administrators are
this be taught, and the teacher isn't fully onboard -- that's another can of
The students get exposed to the author, may want to buy their own copies,
explore other things. The teacher can expose the students to different sorts
great writing (things that may not be online nor in print any longer). The
gain a deeper understanding of literature and this author because of
and discussion. More writers can be influenced as students. And it does
great writing that isn't necessarily marketable.
In the best of all possible worlds, teachers would have a budget to buy a
those short stories and things would all be available and for sale and
economies of scale, would be cheaper than photocopying). But we don't live
a world at all.
I will admit to looking stuff up online because it's a hassle to find it in
library. I'm guilty of doing that with Thurber quite a bit lately.
the New Yorker doesn't hide the Thurbers (not all of them) behind a paywall.
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