Friday, April 01, 2011

Fair Use Fridays: University of Minnesota Hunts Snipe With Fair Use Bot

University of Minnesota has created a fair use bot to assist potential fair users in understanding the fair use doctrine embodied in 17 USC 107.  Once you have "fully educated" yourself about fair use, using the bot will help users "structure" their reflections.

It also looks like the maker is permitting a paper trail to be created to defend a potential use.  I admire the thought and effort that went into putting the bot together and look forward to giving it a try.   It is a worthwhile exercise.

But given the schizophrenic the state of the case law interpreting the fair use doctrine, I am afraid that users will get back only the answers they seek.
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