Davis Speaks to Travel Writers on Copyright and Fair Use

On May 3, 2014, C|M|LAW Professor Michael Davis spoke at the Society of American Travel Writers annual conference at the Cleveland Convention Center. The title of his presentation was “Copyright and Fair Use.” The discussion centered on the internet. Writers and editors who participated in the discussion expressed confusion regarding whether posted pictures or text are free when taking them from the internet, or whether aggregators have a right to aggregate material found there. In addition, the question was raised whether editors could freely take from the internet as well. Professor Davis explained that the answer to almost all the questions was no: legally, all those copies are copyrighted.  With very few exceptions, and depending upon how much material they took, the context of the taking, the nature of the work, and effect on the original author’s potential market, material might or might not be available for fair use.

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