[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #15769: Hello Dolly plugin doesn't explain license of copyrighted lyrics

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Wed Dec 15 20:24:44 UTC 2010

#15769: Hello Dolly plugin doesn't explain license of copyrighted lyrics
 Reporter:  novasource       |       Owner:
     Type:  feature request  |      Status:  reopened
 Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Plugins          |     Version:  3.0.2
 Severity:  trivial          |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  Troll food       |

Comment (by chipbennett):

 Replying to [comment:10 dd32]:
 > Replying to [comment:9 novasource]:
 > > Also, "nonprofit" or "non-commercial" clarifies the educational use.
 Since there is no educational purpose in using Hello, Dolly! in this
 module, nonprofit is irrelevant.
 > The plugin itself, is a Example plugin, as such, It's an educational
 > '''You can replace the Lyrics with any other Lyric or Text, and the
 plugins purpose remains the same''', to educate new developers on how to
 hook into WordPress, Style their output, and for the new to PHP, how to
 handle & shuffle arrays to start with.

 (emphasis added)


 That very admission destroys your entire fair-use defense. The use of that
 particular copyright work does not add anything of any substance or
 particular uniqueness to the informative/educational purpose of the
 Plugin. Thus, you've just demonstrated why no court is going to agree that
 this infringement falls under fair use.

Ticket URL: <http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/15769#comment:27>
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