Let Me Save Stacey Campfield a Trip to the Lawyer



State senator and professional Internet genius Stacey Campfield is upset that Knoxville's Metro Pulse quoted from his blog on their website and is threatening to get a lawyer involved.

In a blog post, Campfield says, "It seems some people not of the exclusive online media community are now trying to profit from what I say on here without my permission. That is a fast way to end up in court."

No, Stacey, it's really not. It's a fast way for your lawyer to make a couple of bucks explaining copyright law to you, but let me save everyone some time. Campfield's claim, as hilarious as it is, doesn't supersede federal law, and under federal law (Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107, for you nerds playing along at home), anybody can quote something you've written, without your permission, as long as their "fair use" of it meets certain criteria, the relevant criteria in this case being whether it's "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research."

Obviously, Metro Pulse quoted Campfield for purposes of news reporting. They don't need his permission, regardless of what his disclaimer says. If Campfield doesn't want the media reporting on the weird stuff he puts on his blog, his remedy is to stop putting weird stuff on his blog.

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