Fair use fairy tale

A very silly report

on "fair use" gets caustic treatment over at Nick Carr’s blog Rough Type. No wonder.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a lobbying group for tech companies, has just issued a report called "Fair Use in the U.S. Economy." It purports to show that "the fair use economy" is larger than the "copyright economy." In 2006, the report declares, the fair use economy "accounted for $4.5 trillion in revenues and $2.2 billion in value added, roughly 16.2 percent of U.S. GDP. It employed more than 17 million people and supported a payroll of $1.2 trillion. It generated $194 billion in exports and rapid productivity growth."

…Even by the woeful standards of the bespoke research industry, this study is a crock.

but it brought a smile to my face. You should read it too!

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