Along the lines of a yesterday's post on Copyright Criminals and RiP: A Remix Manifesto... Lawrence Lessig appeared on The Colbert Report last week. The seriously funny Colbert challenged remixers "not to remix" the segment to great dance beats. Lessig and a Comedy Central blog has The Inevitable Colbert/Lessig Remixes.
Here's Lessig on Colbert:
Here's a Lessig talk at TED:
Fair Use is part of copyright law. Here's an explanation from The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education by Center for Social Media:
Update: Oddly, even using headlines and linking to articles is up in the air -- see Lawsuit over website links in spotlight, Copyright violation or fair use to be decided at The Boston Globe.
Update: WSJ talks about "transformative" vs. "just stealing" in Color This Area of the Law Gray.