I’m building several new “clearinghouse” projects that aggregate short excerpts from online content with the goal of driving traffic back to the source. So, I went back to revisit the Fair Use provisions of U.S. Copyright law. Here is a good summary.
“The 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law cites examples of activities that courts have regarded as fair use … summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report …
“Copyright protects the particular way an author has expressed himself. It does not extend to any ideas, systems, or factual information conveyed in the work.”
- Excerpt from U.S. Copyright Office – Fair Use