Upload & Sell: Off
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Later on, Prince took famous books by other writers, slapped his own name on the cover in their place, and sold the result as a new work of art. "I mean a lot of people would probably say, 'Well, wait a minute, you really can't do this. You can't go out and buy a book and sign it, call it yours and sell it.' But for me, that's very easy to do," he said.
I'd like to hear Harlan Ellison's opinion on that. But let me don my asbestos earmuffs first.
Because otherwise, you could end up with a situation where you literally kill the golden goose. Where you no longer have people creating that original work that other people would like to copy and use in their own efforts.
But I don't want to create work that other people would like to copy and use in their own efforts. If they do want to copy my work, they can ask me for permission.
If the lower court ruling stands, it could have implications far beyond the art world. Take the search engine Google, which filed its own friend of the court brief in the case. In order to help you find what you're looking for on the Internet, Google has to copy a lot of copyrighted material — without commenting on it at all. Google's lawyers say a narrower reading of fair use could be "dangerous" to the company's business model. That's just one more thing the Second Circuit court may have to consider when it hears the case Monday
No, the courts have already ruled that Google's use of thumbnails is fair as a directory