One of the most common questions I receive from clients is what constitutes “fair use” under copyright law. They are surprised to hear that it is a flexible concept which requires weighing several factors. And…for the record…the fact that you ain’t makin no money on it isn’t a get out of jail free card.
The case below has a nice explanation (and application) of those factors relating to the online term-paper plagiarism detector, Turnitin.com. The legal discussion starts on page 7.
My daughter (Brianna Hugan) did her first pro session at Oceanway in Nashville on Sunday. She’ll begin 9th grade at Nashville School of the Arts next fall. Papa is proud! Here’s a pic in Oceanway’s Control Room A:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christopher Hugan, Esq. is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney practicing in Nashville, Tennessee. His practice includes copyright law, trademarks, music transactions, and civil litigation. He can be reached at (615) 259-4685 or via
Mr. Hugan worked as a musician and recording engineer in Los Angeles and Nashville prior to attending law school. He received the 1985 Tommy Tedesco Studio Scholarship to Musician’s Institute (located in Hollywood, California) and graduated from there with honors. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy). He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Mr. Hugan is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, and the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He is a member of the advisory board for the Nashville Jazz Workshop.