Professor Volokh Comments in Bloomberg View About ‘Fair Use’ Protection of Pictures

February 12, 2016—Professor Eugene Volokh commented in Bloomberg View  on a copyright lawsuit filed by the New York Times against writer and publisher David Shields, who authored a book critical of the newspaper’s war photography and used thumbnail pictures without licensing. Shields argued that they constitute “fair use,” the legal exception that allows creators of new works to use bits of old ones without violating copyrights.

“There is nothing straightforward about fair use,” explained UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh in an interview. The rules are flexible and case-specific.