Suzanne MacDonald, a comparative psychologist who studies raccoon behavior at York University in Toronto, has compared the problem-solving skills of rural and city raccoons. The result? Urbanites trump their country cousins in both intelligence and ability. For the past few summers, she videotaped rural and urban racoons toying with containers baited with cat food. While both rural and city racoons readily approached familiar containers, they dealt differently with unfamiliar ones.
The problem: there is no letter of the law standard that can be applied to fair use. Think your specific situation is fair use? Try it out, see if someone sues you. Individual disputes are worked out through the courts; judges make determinations on a case-by-case basis, using a four factor approach. This makes people, particularly civil servants and people who work for large institutions with teams of savvy lawyers, understandably nervous.
The LDS drove microfilm technology in the twentieth century, and today it is a leader in digital data storage. Its digital camera operators photograph records and get those images online within two days, and then an enormous army—that is to say, hundreds of thousands—of volunteers index the files and make them searchable. The Mormons were crowdsourcing long before the word was invented.
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I couldn’t type the words into that box.
I feared that “I want to lose 10 pounds” would be the magic words that conjured up endless streams of headless women in bikinis with measuring tapes around their allegedly newly-skinny waist, who would follow me online till the sun went supernova.