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Confessional Essay It seems like the fight between legal departments at major movie and TV studios and fan producers of websites has reached a fever pitch In late September the legal department of Fox TV sent out notices to cease and desist to two webmasters of fan King Of The Hill websites Fox Primetime has cracked down on fan sites before most notably those saluting The X-Files It boggles the mind why fan sites pose such a threat to the studios It would seem that for a fan to take the time and spend the money to build a website without any hope of financial reward would be the supreme compliment to a given show I know of no fan site which makes money Usually unless the webmaster has a free account through their College or University their Internet access and web space costs money And if not always a money sink sites like these are always a time sink These fans are taking time out of their busy educational andor work schedules to give these shows free publicity Still photographs from movies and TV shows used for reviews andor given away with or without autographs to fans has been a traditional means of promoting a studios wares When fans offer stills for other fans to collect on the Internet they are conducting a type of trade which has for decades existed via the mail and in face to face memorabilia swaps There is more controversy about audio and video clips but the fact remains that 10 of a copyrighted work of art can be duplicated for fair use purposes according to the Berne Convention the current standard of law on copyrights for most of the world Current audio techniques for the Internet like AU AIFF and WAV get very very large unless the audio snippet is only a matter of seconds long And Real
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