The Unexpected History Behind “Un/Fair Use”

Is the design of a fin­ished build­ing pro­tect­ed under copy­right law? Before 1990, the answer was no. If you were an archi­tect and some­one copied your draw­ings, you could sue for copy­right infringe­ment, because the draw­ings were pro­tect­ed as your graph­ic works. But if some­one built an exact repli­ca of one of your build­ings, too bad—three-dimensional works of archi­tec­ture weren’t cov­ered. You could only sigh and resign your­self to being ripped off.

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The new art of writing novels in Instagram and Twitter

The most recent of these is the pho­tog­ra­ph­er and writer Rachel Hulin, who has gath­ered atten­tion over the past week for her project ‘Hey Har­ry, Hey Matil­da‘ – a sto­ry told through an Insta­gram account of the same name. Each post con­sists of a pic­ture and a pinch of accom­pa­ny­ing text. The words, past­ed in the pic­ture cap­tions, relay a series of com­mu­ni­ca­tions between two twins, Har­ry and Matil­da; he a uni­ver­si­ty Eng­lish teacher, she a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­ph­er.