Fair Use The Right to Hire an Attorney

Is Lawrence Lessig still correct #copyright: “fair use is only the right to hire a lawyer”, http://ht.ly/bAA6M. TechDirt and I disagree here.

This well-reasoned, as always, Tech Dirt post takes the position that The Stanford Fair Use Project and others have brought clarity and some certaintly to the Fair Use dilemma facing all creative types and consumers.

The problem, however, is not in the clarity of the academics Old media and old bands (and some new ones) still feel compelled to exert absolute control over their copyrighted works, and no amount of academic parsing can detach the plaintiff IP bar from its appointed drone missions.