Fair Use: What It Is And Why It Needs Protecting

Fair Use: What It Is And Why It Needs Protecting

Copyright Infringement vs Fair Use
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If you've ever watched a parody, satire, or critique of something, then you've experienced Fair Use. You are probably familiar with Weird Al Yankovic, whose content relies on Fair Use. This concept is what allows content creators to use parts of copyrighted material as a means of commenting on said material. As long as credit is given to the creator of the copyrighted material, Fair Use allows for works to be transformed into something entirely new.

Let's Play commenters on YouTube are another example of Fair Use. While they are playing copyrighted video games, their commentary transforms the work into its own content. On the other hand, some reaction channels like Jinx are not protected under Fair Use. This is because they repost videos in their entirety without giving any original commentary to the work.

On YouTube, Fair Use seems to be under an unfair attack. Creators of copyrighted material are attempting to censor those who parody and critique their work. Oftentimes these original creators fund expensive lawsuits against people who are unable to properly defend themselves legally. This leaves those who create content under Fair Use vulnerable.

Recently, the YouTube channel h3h3Productions released a video about being sued by someone they critiqued. YouTube is supposed to defend those who depend on Fair Use, but it rarely does so. h3h3Productions is still facing upwards of $100,000 in legal fees. Luckily for h3h3, donations poured in, which allowed for their defense to be funded. h3h3Productions has since created the Fair Use Protection Account. Smaller YouTube channels can now rely on FUPA for free legal defense when fighting unfair copyright lawsuits.

Everyone appreciates the content that is created thanks to Fair Use. We all have to understand and protect Fair Use in order to continue enjoying works that are a parody, satire and critique. There is no room for Fair Use to be abused, nor is there room for people to claim copyright infringement when their work is critiqued.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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12 Songs That Prove You're A Sucker For The Jonas Brothers

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This past week, the Jonas Brothers released a song and music video starring their wives (and in Joe's case, fiancee), completely shocking fans given the fact that there was pretty much no prior warning. As rumors are running rampant about their getting back together and a possible tour, now seems like a good time to reflect on their past. Specifically, my favorite songs that they've written. And if the rumors are true...I hope to find new favorites soon.

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