Why do we need fair use?

Need I say more?

8 Responses to Why do we need fair use?

  1. dan says:

    funny. fair use never entered my mind. I just assumed they went for permission from whoever holds the rights. I guess Im too stuck in transaction mode.

  2. simon says:

    IANAL, but I don’t think this would fall under fair use.

    1. It uses a significant portion of the original (all the lyrics & chord changes – they just perform it in a new arrangement)
    2. It is made for profit (“Get our 17 song album on iTunes”)
    3. It’s not quoting GnR for satire or criticism.
    4. It’s not using the original in a journalistic venue.

    In their favor, you could argue that they have transformed it significantly enough to consider it a new work. And they’re not likely to cut into GnR’s market share.

  3. dan says:


  4. simon says:

    Sorry- G’n’R? G&R?

  5. John L. says:

    I don’t believe this is an issue that involves fair use in the US. G&R is likely a “member” of a licensing organization such as ASCAP or BMI which licenses their music for performance on radio, on the internet and for live performances by other artists. Sweet Child O’ Mine has been performed by others as varied as Carrie Underwood, Green Day and The Black-Eyed Peas. The licensing organizations then compensate G&R based on algorithms that are supposed to reflect the frequency of performance of the song. .

  6. Blake says:

    G&R/GnR=Guns and Roses

  7. Kia Kamran says:

    This is a straightforward cover pursuant to compulsory licensing under section 115. http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#115. Not fair use.

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