Search Results for: Marjorie Heins

Jun 1 2006

Fair Use It or Lose It

Copyright owners’ threats erode free expression

Tom Forsythe is an artist with a mission. In 1997, he created “Food Chain Barbie,” photographs depicting the iconic doll interacting with various kitchen appliances. The results—“Malted Barbie” and “Barbie Enchiladas,” among others—were intended, Forsythe said, “to critique the objectification of women associated with Barbie.” Barbie’s manufacturer, Mattel, sued Forsythe for copyright and trademark infringement. Eventually, a federal court ruled for the artist, finding that “Food Chain Barbie” was protected as a “fair use” under both copyright and trademark law. The court explained that there are great public benefits to allowing critique of cultural icons. Letting Forsythe use Barbie’s image […]

Mar 3 2006

Chesa Boudin on Venezuela, Marjorie Heins on fair use

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: A new book tries to set the record straight on some of the most straight-forward questions about Venezuela and its president Hugo Chavez. How does reality in Venezuela measure up to the prevailing media myths? We’ll ask Chesa Boudin, one of the co-authors of the book The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions, 100 Answers. Also: “Fair use” rights are not well-understood by much of the public, but they are essential to journalistic and intellectual freedom. They are also under assault by copyright and trademark laws. Marjorie Heins of the Free Expression Policy Project at New […]