in the regulation of private-use copying. In the copyright area, a difference may exist between the law as it appears on the books and the law as it is actually carried out, akin to the laws pertaining to speed limits.
In addition, one size does not fit all in copyright education. The unauthorized copying of entertainment works may be judged differently than the unauthorized copying of certain educational materials, particularly when specific purposes and other factors are weighed in the mix. Even entertainment works are not immune from fair uses being made of them as suggested by the Supreme Court's decisions in Sony Betamax (off-the-air videotaping as fair use) and Campbell v. Acuff-Rose (rap parody of a Roy Orbison song as fair use).5,6
Finally, a copyright campaign using heavy-handed, preachy, antipiracy rhetoric may backfire because it insults the public, rather than appealing to people's better judgment. Some lessons from prohibition in the early 20th century should be remembered: Heavy-handed rhetoric and enforcement practices bred less respect for the law, not more, and left people feeling justified in flouting the law.
5Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984).
6Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, 114 S.Ct. 1164 (1994).