Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fair use!

The Mammoth Book of the Funniest Cartoons of All Time
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
Carroll & Graff Publishers, New York
520 pp.

Got TMBotFCoAT out at the main library the other day. Here are a couple knee-slappers from the "Animals and Pets" section:



Wish I could stop there, but my attorneys tell me that "Eenh" and "Eh" don't constitute a review under the fair use provision of U.S. Code (Title 17, Chapter1, § 107), which reads:

§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

So. My review. Of The Mammoth Book of the Funniest Cartoons of All Time. Okay. Hang on a sec. Okay. Here goes:

The Mammoth Book of the Funniest Cartoons of All Time isn't.

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