While working on my forthcoming blog about parody, transformative works, and fair use in roleplaying games, I needed to snag a photo of 2 Live Crew. The members of 2 Live Crew fought one of the most famous fair use parody lawsuits all the way to the Supreme Court and won there. I liked the photo at Wikipedia, so I decided that I'd use it.
Since I write about intellectual property, I try to be respectful of it by only using materials that authors have made public. If an image is public domain, I use it. If the image is freely distributable but requires attribution, I attribute. When I tried to snag the 2 Live Crew photo from Wikipedia, I got the following message:
|Wikipedia's media page will let me use the image of 2 Live Crew, but gives me options for proper attribution. (Image in question "2LiveCrew" by The Doppelganger at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2LiveCrew.JPG#mediaviewer/File:2LiveCrew.JPG)|
How awesome is that?! Mad points to Wikipedia for understanding that materials ARE going to be used online so creating a system that encourages people to use them legally and respectfully!