Copyright law versus Internet culture

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kit Walsh

“Fair use, unfortunately, places the burden of justifying speech on the speaker, rather than presuming speech to be permissible unless proven otherwise by the would-be censor. This is one of many reasons that copyright is an aberration in the realm of speech regulation. Copyright is also unusual in that a rightsholder can sue for extraordinary damages even if they have not suffered any actual harm from your activities. When the law assigns some people the power to control what stories others tell, it distorts culture.” (02/24/17)