I’m quoted in the story, though not in full–I think this is a very hard case that could go either way. One real issue is whether the kiddie versions take any more of the expression of the works than a standard, reasonably detailed review–they recount the key elements of the plot, that’s for sure, but I’m not sure that suffices for substantial similarity in expression. I think we should not too easily move to using fair use to defend reviews and summaries; though fair use is capacious, substantial similarity should have its own role to play. And then, for fair use, I think the transformativeness inquiry could be quite interesting–does sanitizing On the Road for children inherently comment on it? Does the fact that 2001: A Space Odyssey makes no sense in summary work as comment on it?
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