House Hearings on Intellectual Property and the Internet and the Issues Related to “Fair Use”: Part 1, June M. Besek’s Testimony

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June M. Besek 

Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts

and Lecturer-in-Law, 

Columbia Law School

jbesek@law.columbia.edu

January 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Thank you, Chairman Goodlatte, Chairman Coble, Ranking Member Conyers, and members of the Committee. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is June Besek. I am the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia, where I teach seminars on advanced copyright and legal issues concerning individual creators–-authors, artists and performers. I have practiced in the field of copyright since 1985, roughly half of that time in private practice and the other half in academia.

I’m here today to discuss fair use, and to emphasize its rapid expansion.

The Importance of Fair Use 

Fair use is an exception to the exclusive rights the Copyright Act vests in authors. It excuses exploitations…

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