Professor Says Fair Use Should Cover Hard-To-Find Works

Law360 (October 23, 2020, 6:29 PM EDT) -- A Stanford law professor said that copyright law's fair use doctrine should extend to works that have "disappeared" from streaming services, ranging from racist episodes of TV shows to George Lucas' original cut of "Star Wars."

A paper published Friday in the journal Social Science Research Network makes the argument that copyright law's fair use doctrine needs to be expanded by the courts to include vast troves of content that can no longer be easily found or bought elsewhere. The doctrine allows certain exceptions to copyright protections, like using protected work in satire, criticism and news reporting.

"The public should have...

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