Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Oh so criminal was created as a response to the Australian Government's (in particular the Attorney-
General's office) "Fair Use and Other Copyright Exceptions: An examination of fair use, fair dealing
and other exceptions in the Digital Age" Issues Paper, provided in May 2005.
to quote: Some interest groups feel a copyright balance might be
better maintained in a rapidly changing digital environment if the
Copyright Act were to include an open-ended 'fair use' exception
that would allow the courts to determine whether a particular use
of copyright material is 'fair' and should be lawful. Others argue
the present specific exceptions in the Act should be amended to
make certain uses of copyright material law
Instead of writing a wordy submission to the Government Keir
Smith decided to make an example of something that is currently illegal, but thinks should be covered
by 'fair use'.
Do you think his work is ‘illegal’? should it be?
I don't know.
In 1987, artist Lebbeus Woods took a graphite pencil and created his vision of a chair. The chair is
shown inside a large chamber with a high ceiling, mounted on a wall in front of a suspended sphere,
and with a visibly jointed grid forming the floor and wall.
Universal Studios released the film 12 Monkeys in December of 1995. Bruce Willis plays the
distraught time traveler, Joe. In the beginning of the movie, Joe is brought into the interrogation room
and told to sit in a chair which is attached to a vertical rail on the wall. As Joe sits in the chair, it slides
up the rail, suspending Joe helplessly several yards above the floor. A sphere supported by a metal
armature is suspended directly in front of Joe, probing for weaknesses as the inquisitors interrogate
Read the case study and look at the drawing and the movie:
Was this chair the same chair the Woods had drawn?
Yes, its blatantly the same chair.
In 1976, ex-Beatle George Harrison was found guilty of copyright infringement for his hit single, "My
Sweet Lord." Bright Tunes Music Corporation had obtained the copyright for the 1963 hit, "He's So
Fine," which was written by Ronald Mack and originally performed by The Chiffons. Did George
Harrison borrow his musical ideas from Mack's hit song? Judge for yourself.
Listen to the songs here: http://www.benedict.com/audio/Harrison/Harrison.aspx
And make the following assessment. Make notes in your blog as to what you think the case outcome
RATING SYSTEM: 5=Exactly the same 4=Very similar 3=Somewhat alike 2=Barely the same
1=Not alike in any way
Harmony/Chordal Structure: ____4______
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