fair use……are you sure????

I was watching one of my favourite you tubers when I heard him say “A cover is fare use”….no it’s not. “Covers class as transformative.” ……no they don’t.

If you make a cover of a song and you make money off it you have to pay royalties to the original owner.

If something is transformative it has gone beyond the original base idea.

*You can use the formula but you can’t end  at the conclusion (A+B=C you can’t both end up at 3).*

There is shifty way around getting past cover laws. In animaniacs they would remix the notes in the music so that the beat was recognizable but the reorchestrated notes were just different enough to class as new song (This can back fire e.g Moshi Monsters lady goo goo).

*if lady goo goo can’t pass as parody and fair use I have no hope (It got taken down from the moshi page when it went viral).*

Art (This is a hard one).

If you make fan art that is identical to the shows design/look and claim it as your own you have broken copyright.

O_O I doubt that a lot of of fan artist know that a lot of colours are copyrighted (e.g The red on coka cola is copyrighted).

I remember talking to an anime fan who put dango (directly from clannad) on to her shops banner.

Me: “You can get in trouble for doing that.”
Person: “anime don’t get covered by copyright law”
Me: “pardon????”

There are loads of anime fan’s out there that actually believe that.


At the end of the day we in the UK have different copyright laws to those in the USA.

Do you know it’s illegal to copy a page in a book or lend a book to someone (copyright is crazily complicated).

Of course, UK copyright law prevents you from making copies willy-nilly; after all, the creator of that image or text has the right to authorise its use, to know how it is being used and to be paid for it – intellectual property is the same as any other property in this respect.

So how can you make copies and still stay on the right side of the law? Well, like other types of property, you can buy it or rent it for an agreed period or purpose or sometimes the owner will let you borrow it as long you ask permission.

But to do this you would need to identify the rightsholder – usually the publisher – then contact them, explaining how you want to use the content and they will decide whether or not to grant you permission. It may take some time to get an answer and the cost is uncertain. Just imagine having to go through that every time you wanted to use text or images from books, magazines or certain websites in your teaching.

^_^ That’s why we had to learn about the harvard referencing method in contextual studies.


4 responses

  1. The Otaku Judge | Reply

    A well known singer that covers anime songs charges money for her tunes. That’s very sketchy. If she wants to make cash she produce original content.

    1. ^_^ Today’s magic word is plagiarism!

  2. “Do you know it’s illegal to copy a page in a book”

    Isn’t that plagiarism?.

    1. It’s pageiarism.
      Think of yourself as a student in a college or a uni and you need a particular page in a book for your reference studies. O_O 1 book and over 1000 students that want to use it.

      *Can you see the problem?*

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