From time to time the subject of copyright law comes up either as a direct question or within an online conversation. Yes, I have a degree in Constitutional Law. Yes, I served as a special prosecutor for the US Government. I know criminal law, not copyright law. I am familiar with important aspects of the law having been in the writing industry for nearly fifty-six years. While researching a question, I came upon Copyright & Fair Use on the Stanford University Libraries online service which is a definitive explanation worth sticking in an “Important Things” file.
Content for the Copyright and Fair Use Overview section is from NOLO. Much of the information is taken from the book Getting Permission (October 2010) by Richard Stim, Attorney at law, Nolo Legal Editor, Blogger of Dear Rich” Nolo’s Patent, Copyright and Trademark Blog, and author at Nolo Press.
Read the article here: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/faqs/