FedEx Kinkos can kiss my fair use

May 20th, 2007

I accompanied a high school student to a FedEx Kinkos location today in order to make a transparency from a page from MotorTrend Magazine for a speech he’s giving in class this week.

They wouldn’t allow us to make the copy. The kid behind the counter criticized us for trying to violate copyright law.

What?

An educational use like this is explicitly permitted by copyright’s fair use exception.

While FedEx Kinkos can certainly choose to have a policy not allowing any copying of any commercial materials in their stores as a safety measure, cialis buy for sale I can certainly choose to never patronize them again in response to their employee’s patronizing (and wrong) accusation.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Michlig  |  May 21st, 2007 at 10:54 am

    One evening, years ago, I wasted about an hour of my life explaining to a Kinko’s employee that, yes, I can certainly make a copy of MY OWN BOOK MANUSCRIPT.

    A little knowledge mixed with a lot of paranoia is a dangerous thing.

  • 2. Administrator  |  May 21st, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Was that the book about GI Joe, John?

    Or a different one?

  • 3. John Michlig  |  May 21st, 2007 at 11:19 am

    It was IT CAME FROM BOB’S BASEMENT: EXPLORING THE SCIENCE FICTION AND MONSTER MOVIE ARCHIVE OF BOB BURNS.

    Often listed on must-read lists after Talese and before Garcia-Marquez.

  • 4. triticale  |  May 22nd, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I had a go-round with them once, which didn’t last an hour, about copying a scale plan drawing from a model raillroad magazine which gave express license to copy for non-commercial use right on the page I was copying. Between that and those stupid payment cards, I just go to the office supply stores instead.

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