While my library is having a couple of formal events I’m plugging Fair Use week in my blog (theconfirmationbias). The usual disclaimer that I am not a lawyer AND, in this case, this is me as an individual not me representing Notre Dame!
The Clash’s Know Your Rights with its frightening warning that “You have the right to free speech as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it” is just as timely today as it was in 1982 when it was released.
You probably know that the right to free speech is in the first amendment, along with the right to free assembly and the prohibition against any religious test for participation in this, our happy republic. But you might not know that our intellectual property law ALSO starts in the first amendment. Yup, intellectual property law is the love child of the first amendment and Article 1 section 8 of the Constitution.