03 April 2008

ReformationNation blog gets threatened by ah-NO'N-t'd "prophet"

My friend Pilgrim over at ReformationNation--well, I reckon he kinda raised the hackles of one Woody Martin, the "ah-NO'N-t'd prophet" of Lenoir City, TN. While complying with "fair use" laws, he posted several pictures from the "prophet's" website for nonprofit uses of comment and criticism. Well, seems the good "prophet" didn't read 1st Corinthians 6:1-8, and threatened the good Pilgrim with civil legal action:
As a part of the Woody Marin [sic] Ministries we’re officially notifying you that the pictures obtained from our web site and posted on your web page are without our consent and are illegal. The pictures are also copywrited [sic] by a professional photographer on the web site and have been used without his written permission as well. One thing about these ‘ministries’ that ‘fleece’ the people, we have lawyers. This is a friendly warning, next time you’ll hear from someone else.

I wonder what the good "prophet" is so afraid of? Does he think Pilgrim's blog has the power to scare people away from Woody's Blood of Jesus ah-NO'N-t'n Oil? If his "ministry" is based on Scripture, let the Scriptures defend him. Or maybe ol' Woody's scared the Scriptures will be against him?

Well, here is the section of US Copyright law that Pilgrim can lean on:
Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered “fair,” such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair:

1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

2. the nature of the copyrighted work;

3. amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

I dare say ol' Woody was concerned about number 4.

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