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Sarah McBride and Adam Thompson, Google, Others Contest Copyright Warnings, Wall Street Journal, August 1, 2007. Excerpt:
From the CCIA's Defend Fair Use page:
Comment: Kudos to the CCIA. Content industries have a natural incentive to minimize fair use, but their public warnings cynically and systematically misrepresent the law. It's about time that they were called on it by another, larger industry. The job shouldn't be left to consumers, academics, and non-profits. BTW, universities are often guilty partners of the content industry in this misrepresentation, distributing its propaganda pamphlets on fair use to “educate” students and faculty about the law.
Update. The Library Content Alliance has sent an open letter to the FTC supporting the CCIA complaint and giving its own examples of misleading publisher FUD about fair use for academic publications. (Thanks to Gavin Baker.) Snippet:
The fair use analysis is complex enough without the obfuscation caused by intimidating, inaccurate copyright warnings. We urge the FTC to investigate this matter carefully, and issue appropriate relief along the lines suggested by CCIA.
Update. Library Journal Academic Newswire for August 2, 2007, has a good article on the LCA letter.