Tushnet discusses the origins of copyright law in the United States and explains the fair use principle, including what factors are looked at when judging whether or not something is infringing. She then points out how fanworks can co-exist with the material produced by content owners as they provide a broader spectrum of storytelling, which many content creators are realizing amplify the reach of their own work.
Interviewer Nick Gillespie then asks Tushnet about the OTW and its work, and they finish by discussing where the good ideas on copyright law are expected to come from. Tushnet says that it is unlikely to come from the U.S. due to its legislative gridlock, but instead Canadian law offers a more hopeful outlook. While some of its more restrictive copyright law elements were forced on it by the U.S., Canada provides “much more robust protection for personal uses” especially for education and research. (No transcript available)