By simply creating this meme I am infringing on someone’s copyright licence. This licence lasts anywhere from up to seventy to one-hundred and twenty years, and by sharing content without permission, I, and everyone else I know, could be in a serious legal debacle.
Thankfully the argument of fair use to saves us from the perils of copyright law. Fair use justifies the use of copyrighted works and without fair use, the world would lack “creativity, innovation, culture and democracy” (Collins, 2008).
– Collins, Steve (2008). Recovering fair use, M/C Media Culture 11 (6). http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/105
– Mitew, T., 2015, ‘Watch, But Don’t Touch!: Copyright Structures and Industry Control’, Lecture Notes / PowerPoint Slides, BCM112, University of Wollongong, 15 March 2015.